In our time, the silence has become a luxury - only some people with economic privileges or a refined education access the silence-. The silence of the physical space, like the deep silence of the mind. It speaks that the silence is a luxury item; However, is actually something that is necessary for the well-being the body and the mind: various studies show that the high noise exposure alter the cognition and is correlated with mental illness; On the other hand, the silence has a quality that enhances neurogenesis (the formation of new neural connections). Finally, There is also the much older notion that relates to silence with the Mystic, with the States of communion with nature or with the deity, with the peace of mind, brings understanding of the truth or that which is beyond change (the noise of the thought and its concepts).
silence is gold.
As it says the popular phrase, silence is golden, a superior to material gold gold. The fundamental value that has the silence, beyond peace and quiet, is that that same peace, amplitude and stability that are necessary conditions for reach wisdom. The teacher of Buddhist meditation Alan Wallace suggests that in the same way that science has been developed thanks to the invention of the telescope and the microscope - and without these hard we could have an astronomy or a Microbiology like those that have- conscience knowledge avails of and needs its own “telescope”. This telescope is fundamentally attention, the Faculty of directing mind in a stable way and deepen something steadily. As well as to use a telescope, we need this is stable, the mind needs a stability: is the silence that allows us to see detail and depth.
In a recent article in the New York Times, the poet Megan O'Rourke tells his immersive experience in the Hoh in Washington State forest, one of the largest and oldest forests in all North America and which is adjacent to the sea. O'Rourke tells his experience leaving urban to enter the forest and reflect on the silent noise and the effect of silence in your mind: in his thoughts, memories and sense of self. O'Rourke writes:
At the water's edge, the transformation was more subtle - an internal transformation, more than an external change. It is in the silence, We perceive more - affording our senses-. I realized two fallen trees whose roots are intertwined in such a way that it would be impossible to separate them without damaging them both. Instead of speed up as a motor always running, my mind went down speed, slipping sideways and inward. Entering a Cove, I realized how accustomed I am noise when my mind began to interpret the sound of the waves as if it was the roar of engines.
We typically think of the necessity of silence as a way to communicate with our internal selves. Paradoxically, in the silent days you spend at Olympia Park, I discovered getting less focused inward and more aware of the communal space…
What announced itself in this existential silence of old rocks and ancient Ocean were memories - my mother, who died for almost 10 years and the deep penalty that never met my son, and whatever else he would lose by not have known-. These thoughts were like music. Instead of that I them had they had me, and I got over a mound of huge logs - some more of 30 meters, stacked as matches by the roaring sea- and I let the Driftwood to warm my feet and that the silence became a pool in my ears. To hear ourselves, Sometimes we must leave us to ourselves and immersing ourselves in silence until we are alone with the internal noise and can more than cope.
O'Rourke suggests that modern humans flee from silence, Although this is so peaceful, because it produces a kind of horror vacui, an intimation of death or a confrontation with the loose ends of the soul. The noise and hectic and productive lives, On the other hand, avoid us this confrontation. He's right. And it is also true that to avoid confrontation, our minds reduces its amplitude and remains contracted in the State described as “tunnel vision”. Becomes a reduced version of itself, limited by stimuli it receives - usually granular, distractions that then become concerns-. Like this, We don't notice that most of our thoughts are not more than the noise generated by the psychophysical environment in which we live. And we don't notice that you there another order of clear thoughts, broader and deeper, that you only begin to emerge once the surface noise can meet its course and begins to have space between thoughts. It occurs as with the music - where the space between the notes is what makes music, as said Debussy-: the space between thoughts also causes some music, a certain harmony of consciousness.