Thursday, April 15, 2010
Listening to the Quiet
Do you have a special time that is a sanctuary for your mind, a serenity from your worries, a release of tensions, a 'kensho' moment? I discovered quite serendipitously that the silence of the dark in early morning can be a meditative time, absent noise from life's daily distractions. I first sensed this feeling during 2AM feedings with my then-infant son, when I was able to listen to the quiet tranquility of the night. At this stage in my life, I am sometimes awakened from a light sleep by the chimes of the grandfather clock and am reminded again of this peaceful retreat of the quiet.
When a man knows the solitude of silence, and feels the joy of quietness, he is then free from fear and he feels the joy of the dharma ... Buddha