Sunday, December 9, 2012

Soul Sunday

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.  Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth.

Mother Teresa said "we need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

In our era of technological distractions never has this seem more true.  Television, computers, mobile phones,  mobile music players, refrigerators, heaters, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, planes....basically any kind of equipment that creates some form of noise whether physical or mental that distract us from moments of silence.  It's not only silence, but they cause a distraction from being in the moment. From appreciating the present, the people we are with, the things we have or that nature has provided for us. Those things that are important.

Used to be one could go out to an intimate dinner without any distractions, these days one can barely get through a meal without it being interrupted by a text or phone call leaving a dinner feeling anything but intimate.  One used to be unreachable until they arrived home, if others needed to reach them they had to leave a voice message on an answering machine or call back.  People took photos to frame or put in a photo album for personal memory not for immediate posting on social media for everyone to see.  And when people drove they actually focused on the road not their phone.  It seems the world has lost the ability of silence and being in the moment.  Being in touch through gadgets has created an almost out of touch sense of reality or of what's real.

Yes no doubt these technological advances have created good things , but with them have come many not so good things.

Sometimes the soul  needs to disconnect to truly connect.  To be in the moment, letting go of all distractions.  Today and everyday may we all find time to disconnect with what is not important and reconnect with what is.  Put away the computers, phones, turn off the tvs, radios, anything else that might be a distraction and just be.  It's that simple.  For example return a call or text after a meal or when not in the presence of others, focus on the road and the beautiful surroundings or the people in the car,  gaze at the stars instead of the tv, engage in real conversation with another instead of zoning out to a computer and so on. Simply engage with life.

Be in the moment, be with your thoughts, be truly present with those in your life, be attuned to nature, animals and people....feel and listen to intuition,.  Feel the presence of something much higher and deeper than ourselves.  Lao Tzu even said silence is a source of great strength. Or as William Penn said true silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. 

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing.  Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm. As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sound of them all-and to me it is a sound-is utter. complete silence.

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