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Sunday, 10 March 2013 13:50

The Roaring Silence

A few years ago at dawn one Summer morning, a friend and I pedaled to the top of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. This is possible and pretty easy because Australia is the world’s oldest continent and Kosciuszko (7,310 feet or 2,228 metres tall and named by Polish explorer Strzelecki in 1840) has been weathered over millennia into a place more rounded than its younger, steeper and craggier equivalents elsewhere on the earth. But that’s by the by.

The thing is that when we got there not only were we alone at the highest point on the world’s biggest island but up there it was absolutely, utterly, wonderfully silent.

No wind and no wind through leaves (no bushes or trees), no chirruping insects or croaking frogs, no twittering birds or lowing of cows, no distant bark of a dog on the breeze, no traffic, no lawnmowers, no voices. Nothing -- just glorious silence. Absolute silence is a thing most of us rarely get to experience and when you do it can be profound.

Isn’t it strange how silence – if you care to listen -- feels full rather than empty; pregnant with possibility rather than absent of meaning?

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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:27

The roaring silence

A few years ago at dawn one Summer morning, a friend and I pedaled to the top of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. This is possible and pretty easy because Australia is the world’s oldest continent and Kosciuszko (7,310 feet or 2,228 metres tall and named by Polish explorer Strzelecki in 1840) has been weathered over millennia into a place more rounded than its younger, steeper and craggier equivalents elsewhere on the earth. But that’s by the by.

The thing is that when we got there not only were we alone at the highest point on the world’s biggest island but up there it was absolutely, utterly, wonderfully silent.

No wind and no wind through leaves (no bushes or trees), no chirruping insects or croaking frogs, no twittering birds or lowing of cows, no distant bark of a dog on the breeze, no traffic, no lawnmowers, no voices. Nothing -- just glorious silence. Absolute silence is a thing most of us rarely get to experience and when you do it can be profound.


Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:08

Silence – What Freedom

Meditation can teach us a lot about the power of silence - how to listen and simply be present.  In a meditation workshop I recently lead, Diana, a young social work student raised her hand after some hesitation at the end a short session of sitting. “I have never sat in a room with strangers in complete silence intentionally.” She took a deep breath. “First, I felt uncomfortable with the situation. Then I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say or do! I had nothing to prove, didn’t have to be this way or that way for anyone. Silence. Wow, …what freedom!”  Everyone in the room broke into laughter, relieved, as she stated the obvious. In our culture we are uncomfortable with silence.

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Body's internal pharmacy effective against heart disease

Regular meditation practice does not only work on the mental and emotional level, it can also be very effective in reducing your chance of dying of a heart attack or a stroke, science found.1

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 13:53

The value of silence

The best foundation for meditation practice is to understand the value of stillness and silence, says Khandro Rinpoche.

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