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Can You Turn Down the Noise?

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By Dr. Wayne Dyer, re-printed from healyourlife.com Noise is a distraction to your highest self because it keeps your ego on red alert. You live in a noisy world, constantly bombarded with loud music, construction equipment, jet airplanes, rumbling trucks, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and tree cutters. These human-made, unnatural sounds invade your senses and […]

By Dr. Wayne Dyer, re-printed from healyourlife.com

noiseNoise is a distraction to your highest self because it keeps your ego on red alert.

You live in a noisy world, constantly bombarded with loud music, construction equipment, jet airplanes, rumbling trucks, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and tree cutters. These human-made, unnatural sounds invade your senses and keep silence at bay. In fact, you’ve been raised in a culture that not only eschews silence but is terrified of it.

The car radio must be on, and any pause in conversation is a moment of embarrassment that most people quickly fill with chatter. For many, being alone is a nightmare, and being alone in silence is pure torture. The famous scientist Blaise Pascal observed, “All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”

Make a conscious decision to reduce the noise level of your life. Noise is a distraction to your highest self because it keeps your ego on red alert. Learn to take time each and every day for quiet contemplation: For example, when you’re driving alone, turn off the constant chatter bombarding your inner world. Then when you arrive at your destination, honor the OFF button on the TV remote—and honor the ON button for your highest self!

Try to make meditation a daily practice as well, even if it’s only for a few moments. All creation stems from the void, the great silence—this includes the creation of a new you devoid of self-defeating thinking habits and accompanying excuses. As Swami Sivananda reminded his devotees: “Silence is the language of God.” Mother Teresa described silence and its relationship to God by saying, “God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, grass, grow in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” This includes your soul!

All creativity requires some stillness. Your sense of inner peace depends on spending some of your life energy in silence to recharge your battery, remove tension and anxiety, reacquaint you with the joy of knowing God, and feel closer to all humanity. Silence reduces fatigue and allows you to experience your own creative juices. Ask in silence, listen in silence, and let silence be the jumping-off point for becoming one with the creative force of the universe.

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4 Responses to “Can You Turn Down the Noise?”

  1. Tim West
    October 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    There are similar passages in ‘The Tao of Leadership’ by John Heider.

  2. John Bunyan
    October 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you for these wise words. Silence is not always easy for those who live alone : I often put News Radio on for company – but where I especially appreciate silence (apart from out in the natural world) is with others in church and it would be nice to be able to find it in churches more often (in lieu of a sermon on many occasions!). It is probably an unfair exaggeration but there is some truth in the old reference to “poor, talkative Protestantism”. Happy days.

  3. Phillip Smith
    October 30, 2009 at 2:11 am #

    I always aim to, myself, devote a little bit of time every morning, or evening, depending when I’ve got time before I have to leave for work during the week, and on the weekend, which,without wanting to make a public show of it, i achieve my aim, but that said, there’s always room for improvement. This year, for the first time, I purchased from my church “Daily Prayer 2009”, published through the Archdiocese of Chicago(I’m assuming that’s Catholic. Nonetheless, despite the sadly dissapointingly archaic opening to the daily prayer following the end of every daily devotion (Our Father), I find the book a really invaluable devotional resource. Yes I agree with you, with all the busyness of life these days, particularly speaking from a personal perspective, we should, as Christians, take a leaf out of other religions, and spend more time every day in quiet reflection with the Source of all that exists. Great piece, as always, Ian!

  4. Jon Tunney
    October 30, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    I agree that solitude and silence can assist us in transcending the confines of ego and attachment, and that most of us need to find that quiet space more often. However, I must also assert that noise itself might also be heard as the voice of God. Those of us know this well who have lost themselves in a moving piece of music, or felt the joy contained in an infant’s giggle, or listened to the flowing, wordless dialogue of a river, or been inspired by the power of words shining like newborn stars between and beyond lines of poetry. By all means, seek blessed silence, for it surely can provide peace and enlightenment and transcendence. But let us also say yes to the sounds of this world which surely can also express to us the infinite, the eternal one, the one broken apart and dancing with language and light, with laughter and life, as a means toward connecting itself back together.

    An interesting side note, experts say there are just a few places left on Earth free from any man-made sound.

    JT

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