It is in the silent spot I can hear myself think. The sweet sweet sound of silence is so hard to find these days. I know when I awaken I have a moment of silence. I may hear the sounds of nature, perhaps rain or a bird. or the occasional car go by, but mostly it is a silent moment to start the day.
What I know is in those quiet moments what is most weighing on my mind appears. If I wake up and something comes immediately to mind I know it is something I need to take care of. It can be anything from a person, to finances, maybe something broken, anything. If it finds me in the silence I have to deal with it. I can hide behind noise during the day. I can block out the problems with music, tv, voices, the sounds of life. But I cannot block out the silence. And in the silence my soul speaks.
The best days are like today. I awaken and hear the silence, no words coming from my mind. I let the morning come to me, unfold around me. I have a moment for gratitude, I have a moment for peace. I embrace the quiet of the morning, I drink it in. Gradually the “have to’s” arrive, but nothing weighing. I have to pee, the coffee smells good, life is calling. And I let the silence go.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
I need this in my life. I am calmest and most at peace when I have silence commonly in my life. I can find it outdoors, walking the trails, by the lake. I can hear the wind, the call of the geese and singing of the birds. I hear a rustle in the trees but these sounds magnify the silence and make it beautiful. But mostly I can hear my thoughts, my prayers, my problems, my answers, and my dreams.
It is in the silence I find the motivation to go on. To engage with the world. I can come into the world, and it’s noise, whole and calm, maneuvering through all it needs of me. The other day I was in line just ordering a sandwich and simultaneously 3 people were talking to me. All about different topics. It was a little whirlwind of words. And so I stood there for a just a second, and then said “I can only have one conversation at a time”. Took a breathe and handled them, one at a time. My point is I came into that place whole and centered. And because I have those resources within me I can handle the chaos.
I find that the world is noisy, loud, demanding. Cell phones, Ipods, traffic, horns, voices, canned music, tv, office machinery, everything is designed to grab us and take our attention. And people, we have so many people now. I live in a small town and sometimes feel the crowding of people all in the same space. When I am in the city, at some point, I am just overwhelmed with the amount of people and the noise. I need to be back home.
So in the middle of all this how do we hold our center? Because life is going to happen and we better be ready. I have to go to work,. I have people I love needing my attention. I have friends who contact me, want to talk, connect. I like social media, I want to engage. I like music, tv and the radio. I want to have all of these in my life. They keep me juicy, they keep me engaged and alive. And yet, it can be really draining and overwhelming.
I could meditate every day, but I don’t. I have not found that sweet spot where it fits naturally into my life. So I search for those natural moments of calm and peace and silence. I find it when I awaken, and I listen to my thoughts. I find it when I come home before the evening takes over, and I breathe for a minute. I find it when I walk in nature, hearing the sounds of Spirit through the trees and in the flapping of the birds wings. I find answers in the silence. I find it in those pauses of conversation, those comfortable silences. I find it driving when I can get lost in my thoughts. I find it exercising, when I can use the music as a background and let my mind rest. And sometimes silence comes as a gift. When I am worn out, when things are difficult, when I am scared or lonely. A moment of silence blesses me and carries me. It lets me rest, it gives me peace, it fills my soul.
So for the silent moments that come your way, treasure them. They are a gift that can soothe your soul, ease your mind and set you free.