On a typical morning in a city, we wake up to screeching alarms, shrill honking of vehicles and buzzing notifications on the phone. Meanwhile, a million thoughts fly across our minds, as this barrage of noise surrounds us. Amid this cacophonous crowd of thoughts, words, opinions and information, we lose sight of silence and the clamour gets louder with each passing day.
Today, the much-needed silence is but a mirage. The need for occasional silent moments is dire. According to Jaya Sangoi, the head of Bangalore branch of Dhamma Paphulla Vipassana Meditation Centre, “When you sit in silence the focus is on your breath. As you inhale and exhale, your mind becomes calmer and sharper and you start realising the subtler realities of mind and matter.”
Buddhist teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh in his book, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, says: “All the wonders of life are already here. They are calling you. If you can listen to them, you will be able to stop running. What you need, what we all need, is silence. Stop the noise in your mind in order for the wondrous sounds of life to be heard. Then you can begin to live your life authentically and deeply.”
We live in a world of distractions where silence is hard to come by. In our world, solitude has long been replaced by a multitude of social media, the once quiet life is now a life buzzing with deafening noise. And silence is a necessity.
Embracing silence and introspection is one effortless way to empty a crowded mind.