It seems that its becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with all the news. You pick the category and there’s some breaking story in it. It really is information overload.
What’s a person to do?
Well, may I suggest silence. Its a beautiful, and healing, alternative. I know because lately I’ve begun to meditate. Now please don’t write me off as some mystic, or former hippie, who is looking for some way to “drop out.” I am, and always have been, a Type A personality. If I’m not in motion, or using my brain in some challenging way…well such reckless frivolity has always been the very definition of “lazy” in my book. No, what led me to meditation was a combination of 1) coaxing from a dear friend and 2) more “news” than I could handle.
What I’ve learned from meditation is that there’s more to learn in silence than in all the news that’s fit to print…or broadcast…or telecast…or tweet. In silence exists an internal knowing that transcends words. Really. You can’t describe it. You have to be it. When you are being it, what you feel is everything you’ve ever sought. Truly. Now my assumption is that what we all ultimately go in search of is inner peace. I mean, really, isn’t all that we aspire to and seek done in the hopes of acquiring some satisfaction that always seems just beyond our reach…or so transient it was hardly worth the getting?
Well, here’s breaking news.
Inner peace comes from within! Duh! You’d think that would be self-evident. However, we humans with our opposable thumbs and high tech world are still running around trying to find it outside of ourselves. Duh, squared!
So I could have posted this blog entry about Iran’s launch into space, or the White House leak about the cooperating terrorist who tried to blow up a plane Christmas day with explosive underwear, or the yet again declining DOW, or the rumor that the Jolie-Pitts are on the rocks…but here’s the thing. I’d just be adding to the information overload. So instead, I decided to share with you the sound of silence.
Once in a while, its really sweet to have nothing to say… and even less to listen to.