Yesteday, when writing about “being” I mentioned the song, The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. If you haven’t listened to it, now would be a good time. Just click on the video above and enjoy.
According to Wikipedia (Keyword search – silence):
A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is both a goal and an important step in spiritual development. Inner silence is understood to bring one in contact with the divine or the ultimate reality of this moment. All religious traditions imply the importance of being quiet and still in mind and spirit for transformative and integral spiritual growth to occur. In Christianity, there is the silence of contemplative prayer such as Centering prayer and Christian meditation; in Islam, there are the wisdom writings of the Sufis who insist on the importance of finding silence within. In Buddhism, the descriptions of silence and allowing the mind to become silent are implied as a feature of spiritual enlightenment. In Hinduism, including the teachings of Advaita Vedanta and the many paths of yoga, teachers insist on the importance of silence for inner growth. In Quakerism, silence is an actual part of worship services and a time to allow the divine to speak in the heart and mind.
Silence is not the same as being quiet. You can be quiet but not silent. Silence implies stillness of the mind, emotions and body not merely the absence of noise. It isn’t a place you go to but it’s a state the Buddhists call “no mind.” It isn’t easy to define, describe or know about. While it can be reached in a spontaneuous split second by some, for others reaching it is an arduous journey. But once experienced you are not the same and you long for more.The silence is rich, full, sweet. I consider it the kiss of the Beloved that leaves you longing for more.
The training ground for silence is meditation, an open heart and a loving spirit.
The sounds of silence is the rich music of the soul.