Silence is something else I have come to appreciate. Two days back and I’ve found that music and other entertainment type noise can sway my equilibrium. I’ve initiated zones of silence in my home and car. How long I will have this in place? I suppose until I can experience stillnes and be equanimous even in chaos. And by chaos I don’t mean anything too dramatic here, just being around people, while watching television or listening to the radio.
When we come into the present, we begin to feel the life around us again, but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding. We must have the courage to face whatever is present: our pain, our desires, our grief, our loss, our secret hopes, our love…everything that moves us most deeply.”
~Jack Kornfield, Vipassana Meditation Teacher