When I awake in the morning I turn on the tv to see the morning news. Just in case something happened while I was busy sleeping. Then I hurry around the house getting dressed, brushing my teeth with one hand while applying makeup with the other. And I leave for work ( the tv stays on, but switched to cartoons for the dog. Slightly crazy yes.) Then on my way to work I listen to radio, and when I get to work I speak with all sorts of people all day long, phone calls, meetings and gossiping with the office girls ect.. And then on the way home again the radio…Home to evening news and usually a book. But in this day there is not a whole lot of silence. And I am so busy listening to the world that I cannot hear me.
I am not taking a vow of silence. I enjoy conversation and entertainment but I am talking about the noise, the tv when I am not watching, the conversations I stop to overhear, the radio while I am driving but it isn’t loud enough to hear with the windows down. It is filler noise. I never noticed it until someone told me but a movie almost always has music or noise in the background. In EVERY scene. Watch a movie and see how often you hear just a conversation or even more rare..silence. But when it is silent it is because that part is important.
But our thoughts are important, our internal dialogue is important, the ability to be silent is important. Listening to ourselves is important, and how can we listen in a world that is always talking. We hear so many opinions on so many subjects every day and agree or disagree but did we ever stop hearing the pundits and start listening to ourselves?
And yet we think if we are silent we are missing out on something. Beethoven was deaf, how did he “hear” to compose music. Something inside him knew, and he was probably more sensitive to that than we will ever be, but we still need to trust that we can hear ourselves in silence.
How can you know what you want, what you think, and who you are unless you start listening to yourself. And the best way to listen is to stop the noise around you, even for a tiny moment each day.