Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
This nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
This loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
You return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.
~ Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching
This post contributes to the The Daily Post Sound of Silence weekly writing challenge
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. ~Jean Arp
My joy is to bask in the ecstasy of silence. No thoughts, no manmade noise only the pure sounds of nature. It is only during silence that I feel the wind and warmth of the sun, smell the fragrance of the trees, taste the salt in the sea air and see the radiance of the natural world around me.
Noise has always bothered me. As a teenager I hated the music of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd instead preferring acoustic folk music.
Truth be told I don’t relate well to a lot of people because I feel alien to popular culture. I’m an introvert. I watch and listen, and I choose the people I allow into my life very carefully. This is why deciding to write a blog was a big deal for me.
It seems appropriate that my first tentative step into blogging was a post about my need for silence https://jennadee222.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/so-it-begins/
To me a day of torture involves milling crowds of people, pumping music, heavy traffic noise, phones ringing, television ads screaming, politicians bleating and air travel.
We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is a sound—is utter, complete silence. ~André Kostelanetz
What is your personal sound preference and how does it make you feel?
As last year drew to a close I became more pensive than usual, spending time silently reflecting on my landmark year of change, remembering how it unfolded.
Taking plenty of time to re-read all my blog posts (including the comments other bloggers had made) I re-traced my journey, seeing and understanding where I had tripped up and when changes within started emerging.
Several days later on the eve of the New Year I was drawn to a sacred place and sat down to absorb the beauty of nature while breathing in the ocean breeze.
Time stood still and I have no idea how long I sat. Everything around me ceased to exist while an overwhelming feeling of tranquility enveloped my soul.
There are no words to adequately describe what I was feeling. All I can say is that the experience was peaceful and surreal.
When I stood up I silently thanked the guidance of Lao Tzu who has shown me the Way.
Be careful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.
Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
I now feel ready and energised to welcome 2014 and eagerly anticipate a new year of spiritual growth and personal development.
Dear Julie (aka Cookie), hibernationnow, risinghawk, Eric Tonningsen, Theresa, Ruth Rainwater, Pocket Perspectives, shreejacob, sufilight, grevilleacorner, Crowing Crone Joss, starrystez, Owls and Orchids, newbloggycat, quarteracrelifestyle , Robbie, lauriesnotes, and suzjones
The love, advice and support that you share with me in your responses to my blog posits is so greatly appreciated. Every one of you is helping me more than you will ever know.
My last post Peace be with me was a heartfelt letter admitting my fears and regrets arising from my mothers passing seven years ago.
I wrote about the negative feelings I’ve been holding within for way too long. Admitting these thoughts ‘out loud’ and sharing them with people I knew would read them, was a big step forward for me.
What I received back was caring, thoughtful responses given with abundant love. The message was loud and clear – Jenna, you need to let it all go and remember your mum with love.
Relief washed over me with every comment I received. Suddenly I felt vindicated. I had shared my deepest fears and people were saying it was okay, they understood. They didn’t think any less of me.
Yesterday I listened to a CD, Change your Thoughts, Change Your Life with the lessons of Lao-tzu. The Tao Te Ching (The Great Way) provides spiritual guidance to live in harmony with the universe.
Re-reading the comments from fellow bloggers combined with the lessons learned from Lao-tzu was exactly what I needed to satisfy my wish to find peace within.
Again, I express my deepest thanks.
During the past few months I have learned how to still my mind and meditate. Sometimes I focus on a theme but other times I enjoy the peace of having no thoughts at all.
When I dare to look back in my life I realise how much I’ve evolved just by growing older and encountering the highs and lows along the journey of my life so far.
Today is a milestone day for me; June 25 is the day my first child was born twenty-eight years ago.
When I clear my mind of everyday clutter and slow my breathing I can see myself as a 24-year-old cradling my newborn baby. In my mind I hold hands with the frightened young woman and say…
Hey sweet lonely girl
Hold your head high
Know that you are beautiful
And be inspired by the miracle of motherhood.
Care less about what others think
And never lose sight of your inner light.
Don’t be afraid
Dare to dream
And the rest will take care of itself.
As I meditate I hug my younger self until I feel her heart beating against my older heart and I whisper in her ear “you have beautiful times ahead.”