Silence has its own quality and dimension

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” 
― Chaim Potok

A powerful practice for me over the last five years has been to simply open my attention to the quality and dimension of silence.

It’s really that simple.

I find a quiet place to practice and consciously bring my inner attention to the ground of silence I am swimming in. My attention wanders off countless times, but when I notice it has, I consciously return to the spaciousness of silence. And like Merton’s journey of one inch, I (sometimes arduously and sometimes joyfully) return to the open, awake, aliveness of the present moment – over and over again.

It’s unfamiliar – the present moment – because it feels raw, vulnerable and groundless most days. Somehow though, opening continuously to silence is teaching me that the present moment is my true home.

Give it a try – turn off the radio, the tv or your smart phone – and let me know what you think.

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