Monday, July 11, 2011

Shhh . . . listen to the silence

We live in a world filled with noise - far too much noise in my opinion.
Sometimes it's nice just to be still.

Did you ever try just to stop thinking? To screen out all the noise in your mind and to simply just "be" I try. It's a difficult thing for me to do because I'm a thinker. In fact while ichatting with Brian last week, he actually told me to "turn off the brain." and you know what? He's right. I need to turn off my brain from time to time, and to stop all that chattering.

We all do.

Silence can be good. Here's why . . .

1. Peace
2. Calm
3. Quiet

I don't think these three things need a lengthy explanation. They are good, simply because they are.

With that in mind, I will leave you to ponder the "Sound of Silence" as brought to you be Simon and Garfunkel, but just the lyrics. No video, no music, no noise.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls"
And whispered in the sounds of silence

1 comment:

  1. Hi Suzanne, I really agree with this post. Meditation has really helped me calm my mind. I'd highly recommend it. I can't always turn off my thoughts but meditation helps me turn down the volume. Mental stillness is one of the most valuable treasures in the world.


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