Silence

SILENCE

 

We live in an increasingly noisy society. The blaring of radios and televisions, the inescapable elevator “musak,” the cacophony of cell phones, beepers, alarms all intrude on our consciousness. Those of the baby boomer generation, with their rock shattered hearing deficits, are matched by the ever amplified music of younger generations, resulting in daily discourse carried on at jet take-off decibels. We have become more sensitized to air and smoke pollution, but have done little to decrease noise pollution in our lives.

 

Silence is a form of communication – one of the most mysterious of the human condition. Sometimes sought after though often not, it can be fearsome, occasionally awesome. But silence is necessary: without the silence between the notes there is no music, without the pause between the movements there is no dance. More than just the muffling or absence of noise, silence can be too mysterious even for the poet to express, as in Orhan Pamuk’s “Silence of Snow.” Herman Melville called silence “the voice of God,” “the consecration of the universe.”

 

In the end, silence has less to do with noise or its absence than with stillness. There exists a certain stillness of the soul – even in the midst of noise – that allows the listener to hear beyond the spinning of the universe, beyond the chattering of atoms, beyond even the silence of death; it is a stillness that allows one to hear with the heart, the heart of sound itself.

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19 Responses to Silence

  1. luise says:

    I like the Jew story, I guess each our reality is what we presume to hear from thoses around us.

  2. Holy says:

    Ahhh…the magnificent sound of silence.  It really is golden.  Especially when you can go beyond the silence to the heart as you say.  Those still moments only happen to me in nature.
     
    I admit – I\’m guilty of creating major noise pollution in my vehicle when I drive and crank tunes.  But I love silenc eat home.  I prefer the house to be devoid of music or any sounds – perhaps because it\’s so noise ridden most of the time.  So you can hear a pin drop here at the Schmidt house each weekday, during the "pause" hours of my day, when there\’s no one but me and silence.

  3. Mercy says:

    I think silence speaks loudest to me at times.
     
    Mercy

  4. Lisa says:

    Sometimes, I believe, that when we seek noise, we are seeking to cover some of our most introspective, revealing thoughts.  I\’m not sure why we run from silence or why it can be so frightening.  If silence really does equate to stillness, then why are we reluctant to be still … and listen?  Don\’t know, but this is actually something I\’ve been trying to focus on lately (eliminating unneeded voices in my life).

  5. Alanna says:

    Hey there.
     
    Thanks for the nice comments you left on my page.  Life is really good right now, actually!
     
    Also, I really like your page and I will be back to visit often.  Love the writing about "silence".
     
    Take care,Alanna

  6. Gayle says:

    Absolutely!  My blog says much the same thing, from a slightly different angle.  I\’m learning to stop the noise – the inner chatter and it\’s such a good, good thing.
    Be well.  Come visit the new space:
    http://biglifedance.blogspot.com
    Gayle

  7. Vonnie says:

    Jorge, what a treat to see you! Thank you so much for the words of encouragement… and enlightenment. I\’m so thrilled (I mean truly tickled pink) that you are living your dream. I would venture to say that you\’ve lead yourself there, and for that… hat\’s off to you, my friend. I too am quite content with life as it is. In part, I already feel so blessed and grateful for the wonderment in my life. But… there\’s that little tick-tick-tick that has been bubbling up inside of me… that one thing that I\’ve always wanted to do, and by George it\’s time to spread my wings and do it! 🙂 I loved the grape-jews blog… very cute, made me chuckle from my toes! lol I enjoyed the poetry too… the angle of perspective always makes me smile and scratch my chin at the same time. Silence… ah, sweet and blessed silence. Stillness. Something to be embraced, indeed. Speaking of which… I have to go ask my critter to turn his tv down… kids. *sigh* 😉 I hope you\’ve been well, friend. It is always such a joy to see you\’ve been by my humble abode! I hope to see you again, and I\’ve added you to my friend\’s list (erm… kindly requested) so I don\’t have to rifle through comments to visit you again! See you soon! 🙂 Yvonne.

  8. Intensely says:

    Hey Jorge!! What a lovely piece about the beauty of silence! Your site is ALWAYS a wonderful read!  
     
    BTW, I am really needing silence these days with my new puppy & bunny… they wake me up every two hours throughout the night 🙂
     
     
     

  9. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
     
    For more than twenty-three years now, my great luxury has been meditation in early morning.  I missed it during Dean\’s illness, but was always able to escape for a short time each day for the "centering" that silence affords.  The best "silence," however, is the stillness of fly fishing when the only sound is the lash of line and the "plunk" when it hits the water.  If a trout breaks the surface, and I always hope one will, the splash of water as I reel in is gentle and muted.
     
    Thanks for making us think!
     
    Betty

  10. c says:

    I like the reference you make to stillness. Ironically enough I use my headphones to create some level of silence/stillness while I work.

  11. PJ says:

     Good Day Jorge,
     
     Yes, SILENCE…is quite ironic we chose to post an entry on it almost at the same time. Beautifully written, my Friend. Thank you.
     
     Until next time…Keep Smiling.
     
    ~*~Paula~*~

  12. Katarzyna says:

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    Happy Valentines Day 🙂
     
    hugs and  kisses ,
    Nally

  13. Katarzyna says:

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    Happy Valentines Day 🙂
     
    hugs and  kisses ,
    Nally

  14. Hope says:

    Dear Jorge,
    What a beautiful and insightful post. It is within the silence of life that one gains knowledge ,and strength..
    where one can take that deep breath… relax.. and listen to ones heart… really listen..
    your words are inspiring.. your heart is true.. and your spirit is breathtaking..
    have a beautiful day.. soft hugs ~Hope

  15. Jungle Mama says:

    My husband and I had a nice long moment of silence together lastnight for Valentine\’s Day.  It\’s difficult to pull yourself away from the media or other noises, even the computer running in the background.  We turned off the computer, the TV, and even the buzzing lights.  All was quiet . . . even the sleeping children.  It was a wonderful and made for a perfect romantic evening.  And, really, it was the silence that did it.

  16. linda says:

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                                miss you alot.  I always admire your wise words.  Bless you Jorge.

  17. Unknown says:

    Hi Jorge, As always, your story was very interesting, and something I can relate to.  One of the guys I went to high school with owns a shop where he sells and installs those huge sound and speaker systems for cars and trucks.  Needless to say, he’s making tons of money!  It’s nothing for young guys to come in and drop $500 to $1,000 for a system!  This week in pre-med orientation we did mock interviews in preparation for visits to medical schools.  I can’t believe some of the questions they ask prospective students!  Anyway, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment about my blog on competition.  I consider myself very fortunate to have met you.  You are a wonderful person and one who truly understands what I’m going through.  Although I see you already have lots and lots of friends, I wonder if I could be another one. Have a great weekend and take care.  Danele

  18. Gelati Farms says:

    Jorge…
     
    Some day, when you have 50 minutes to spare, listen to this…
     
    http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/media/2007/020407.ram
     
    This is an interview with a woman named Dr. Ursula Franklin.  She is an Canadian physicist, pacifist, feminist…the list goes on.  I caught this interview a couple of weeks ago on the way home from somewhere.  When I tuned in, she was talking about silence.  It was wonderful.  Your blog made me think of it.  Now, the interview is, as I said, 50 minutes long.  The bit about the silence was in the last 15-25 minutes.  Next time you are puttering around the house,  play the interview…I think you and Dr. Franklin may be kindred spirit…:)
     
    Alison
     
     

  19. Magenta says:

    Dear Jorge,I can relate to your entry on noise and escaped today to a Buddhist retreat, called "Spirit Rock."  It is in Northern California and surrounded by gentle hills and tall redwoods.  The only sound I heard during my visit was a temple bell and  unfortunately, my own voice chatting to a special friend. We not only need to have silence; but to be silent at times.Take care

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