Loud silence

Have you ever been outside, in nature, with no one around? For some this may be torture and for others this may sound like heaven. What is unique about this experience is the time one has to hear nature and the sounds it produces. The little sounds that happen when the wind blows, the sounds of birds and other animals moving about, and the running water can all be heard when we ourselves are quiet. Our silence allows nature to talk and allows us to be exposed to our world around us.

This silence can also expose us to the noise that is going on in our head and the anxious we can feel to accomplish tasks. Our verbal silence and the sounds of nature can expose our mental and internal chaos. This exposure is a gift that can be used to make life better.

Take a minute to sit in silence and see what you hear. While it may not be easy, what you hear will be a gift.