Over the last few years, I’ve thought a lot about silence.
Silence can amplify the experience that holds our mind’s attention, or it can disrupt it.
Silence can manifest in tension or in peace.
Silence can raise one’s comfort or discomfort, grief or joy.
Silence can foment turbulence or quieten it.
Silence can signal power or utter lack of it.
Silence is, for some people, terribly frightening.
Silence is, for others, a refuge.
Silence can praise.
Silence can censure or blame.
Silence is as effective at carrying complex meaning as language, music, or art.
Silence is not always characterized by stillness.
Stillness is not always characterized by silence.
Stillness of mind can exist amid sound.
Silence of mind…does it exist at all?