“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Ram Dass
What was meditation and Buddhist guru Ram Dass really implying?
The general goal of mindfulness and self-discovery is to quiet the endless parade of thoughts that march through our minds almost incessantly.
Self-discovery is extremely important when there is lack of grounding due to several events that during our lives, we have to face and react unexpectedly.
Also self-discovery provides support to develop resilience skills in order to deal with emotional trauma (when applicable) sometimes caused during childhood. Unfortunately it remains in the subconscious until another trauma or stressful routine triggers the mind and hence its resistance to deal with it.
Most of our errant thoughts are rooted in the past and future – thoughts of fear, fantasy, frustration, envy and regret.
Rarely are we completely rooted in the present moment. So when we learn how to control a phantom mind, through at least 15 minutes daily doing meditation, there will be multiple benefits that extend from the crown of our head all the way to our feet.
We connect with our breath and learn how to use it as a resource to pace the mind. People have gotten used to constantly talking, listening to television or music, or making noise in other ways. Creating noise just for the sake of noise will never let us understand the beauty of silence or appreciate the world around us.
Take 2 minutes and do nothing but listen, without talking or having any background noise, and you may be amazed at what you hear.
The sound of birds singing, insects buzzing, and all of the other noises that are going on are often overlooked because they are not clearly heard.
If you go into nature and you are silent you will find that nature can be quite noisy in a natural and appealing way.
The importance of silence is also a factor in relationships, because if you are always talking then you are not hearing what your partner is saying.
It is better to be silent and practice situational awareness, only speaking when this is necessary, so that you can truly hear what others are trying to tell you. Instead of standing in front of the person talking and instead of being present the mind is wondering somewhere else.
Last but not least;
“Meditate and let the light of the heart engulf you “ -G.C