Oakville Zen Meditation

#120: Listening to silence.31JUL6

                                                                         Listening to silence
Whenever there is silence around you learn to jump on it, to grab it and to listen to it. You will reap a miracle of Nature. That means just pay attention, be aware of silence without any analytic discriminating mind.
Not easy since listening to silence is a very difficult skill to learn and your talkative mind will hate it. It is like taping its lips and making it mute! Listening to silence will wake-up the wonderful stillness hidden within each of us because it is only through stillness of the mind - a thoughtless one- that you can be aware of silence.
As soon you are noticing the silence around you, your are forcing your mind to shut-up temporally and becomes still. You are within pure awareness or thoughtless consciousness.

Stillness of the mind is, in fact, a mind without motion or a "thoughtless mind" even for one or two minutes. Imagine this new state of mind:
No me, my, myself, mine, no ego control.
No past, no future, no worries, no fear, no resentment, no desire, no hatred, no anger, no illusion, no thoughts and feelings polluting this stillness 24/7.
 Your non-stop inner voice in on mute mode and you, a thinking zombie, is liberated from your mind-made jail. Your mind becomes like the surface of the lake when there is no wind, still and quiet, reflecting peacefully the current and silent moment.
Awareness is our Inner stillness. Inner stillness is thoughtless mind and thoughtless mind is consciousness. Achieving this state, even one minute every day is a great way to release worries- based tension.