Silence can play a very important part in our lives if
we allow it to do so. In this world that's
constantly bombarding our senses with sensory input, only
in an environment of complete silence can we find the kind
of peace that human beings have been searching for
probably since we appeared on the planet. Silence
used to be easier to find, so people probably didn't value
it as much--it was there when we needed it.
Nowadays, though, there are many people who don't even
know what silence is like, especially for an extended
period of time.
True silence is like a balm, a healing force that can
allow us to find a depth in our lives that we generally
don't reach when we're distracted or when others want our
attention. Many people find silence and immediately
become afraid of it, so they turn on a TV or a stereo just
to banish the silence. There's something about the
idea of not having something to latch their minds on that
terrifies them, and it just could be that they're afraid
that the silence may be something very positive for them.
We have to give silence a chance. We have to search
it out and allow it to be a part of us, and then we have
to find out where our minds can go when we're not
overwhelmed by outside sounds. When we do this, we
can see and feel the world in new and different ways--we
can experience our lives in deeper ways when we're not
struggling to sort out the hundreds of sounds that tend to
follow us wherever we go.
But where can we find silence? That's one of the
most important questions we can ask ourselves, and it does
often take a lot of effort to put ourselves into a silent
environment. But it is important to find such a
place--or such places--for the sake of our
well-being. The challenge of finding places where we
can experience silence, and then putting ourselves in
those places on a regular basis, may just be one of the
most important challenges that face us in our lives.
I've found that silence doesn't have to be the complete
absence of noise, and that we will recognize silence when
we find it.