Oakville Zen Meditation

#470 Listening to silence 16 Oct 23

Listening to silence: an excellent way to meditate

It is easier than we think but it takes practice and discipline like anything else.

If you walk into a forest - you hear all kinds of subtle sounds - but underneath there is an all-pervasive silence.

  Every sound is born out of silence, between noise, between musical notes, etc..

Listening to silence is performing magic. It has divine power and immense energy, and yet, it is not as difficult as you may silence. Silence enables the sound and noise to be. It is an intrinsic but unmanifested part of every sound, every musical note, every song, and every word. 

Remember this:

      The equivalent of external noise is our continuous inner noise of thinking. 

      The equivalent of external silence is our inner quiet stillness, a pure meditative state.

All you have to remember is that paying attention to silence in a mindful way is the most effective tool to create inner stillness and to mute your noisy talkative mind. This is meditating at its best level

Why is that?

Because paying attention to your outer silence creates instant inner still alertness affecting your body and mind. When your mind is still, its neural circuits are short, and it becomes silent, at least for a short period of time. 

Like the silence you are focusing on, you become formless, limitless,  timeless, almost immaterial, like floating in the Universe. 

Also, listening to silence in a mindful way, wherever and whenever you are, you discover an easy and direct way of becoming present in the moment. No past, no future.  I am urging you to practice focusing on silence, bit by bit Thanks Arnaud