Listening for Silence

People flock to the woods. They want to commune with nature and listen to the quiet streams and the birds singing in the morning. It is what people in today’s civilized society do to get in touch with themselves. This frantic dash to the parks of the world is largely attached to a need to get away.

It is natural to crave quiet time. We all do. Perhaps children do not see the need because they are closer to their inner selves and are not harried by the frenetic environment in which they live. They can make repetitive sounds that drive adults crazy, and they are not bothered by their sibling or friend’s similar noises. Why are children better equipped to handle the sounds that bother us?

Children perceive the world differently. They are perhaps better able to tune into their inner worlds. They have fewer expectations. Children focus on their desires, their needs, their longings, and so they tune out everything else. We can all be a little more like children as we go through our days. We can tune out disturbing, repetitive, or screeching sounds. We can concentrate through it. We can do it! It just takes a little practice. In next week’s post, we provide some advice on just how to accomplish that feat.