Silence

Silence

Many clusters of thoughts and their attached feelings pass through the space of my being on a daily basis. One of the most pernicious is a group of thoughts composed of all the reasons why it’s not wise to stop and experience the silence surrounding me. The core of this cluster is a feeling that there is not enough time to relax into the presence of awareness that I am. There will never be enough time for that fragment of myself because stopping to relax into a contemplative silence is going to kill all those thoughts. For them, it’s a matter of life and death!

Or maybe something in me thinks it’s just too hard. Too hard? When that thought arises I know I’m in the presence of insanity. Relaxing into the silent presence that I am is effortless! How do I know it’s effortless? I know because I often lie back in a chair, close my eyes and let go of all the accumulated stress. When that happens, I hear the most amazing sounds, including my own breathing. Everything is then vibrating with aliveness and enveloped in a golden hue of inner beauty. It’s like a sunrise in August when the summer is flooded with radiant light. I am then peaceful without doing anything at all! In truth, what’s hard is maintaining a grasping sense of self composed of crazy thoughts that tend to fear death and resist everything that’s happening now.

Life is generous. We can relax anytime, anywhere and slip into a silence that refreshes, enlivens and inspires.