Emptiness, which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.

 

In the absence of nothing, there is something… Even if this something is nothing. Confusing, no? 

 

mindfulness and silenceAs I experienced more and more stillness and quiet, became more present, listened more deeply to myself and others, I realised that silence was real, physical.

Silence ripples across your skin, you can feel it. It has a tone, you can hear it… Nothing even tastes like something. In other words, even when you’re silent, you’re still present, and if you’re present your senses are still on – in fact they are heightened.

So I have learnt to activate the sound of silence and use it as a tool to make sure that I am fully aware, present and if I’m communicating with someone, listening deeply – with my whole body and not just my ears.

When I listen like this I listen like a child… hearing what’s really being said not what I think, assume or hope is.

When I meditate like this, I feel free and completely peaceful. The sound of silence gives me something to focus on.

To me, it’s a buzzing sound that comes from inside and outside at the same time. It’s not tinnitus because it’s only there when I am silent and focus on it.  The more I focus on it, the more relaxed and peaceful I feel.

One of my clients said it’s like ‘listening to a symphony’ now when someone speaks.

To hear it, do this:

  1. Sit quietly, upright and close your eyes.
  2. Breathe deeply and become more and more aware of your breathing.
  3. Focus on your ears and visualise a line of light being drawn horizontally from one ear to the other and back again.
  4. Focus on each ear then breathe in and focus on your breathing again.
  5. You should hear a sound that comes from inside and outside at the same time.

Use it for what it is, a tool to meditate more ‘silently’ and give your mind/body a longer break – and for giving the gift of true listening.

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