Listening to the sound of silence

O, God, when I listen to the voices of animals, the sounds of trees, the murmurings of water, the singing of birds, the whispering of the wind, or the boom of thunder, I see in them evidence of Your unity; I feel that You are supreme power, omniscience, supreme knowledge, and supreme justice. — J

Find a quiet location, relax, discharge your mind of all thoughts, then listen to the sound of silence.

I did just that Sunday afternoon sitting in a woodland glade at the bottom of my garden.

I could hear a whooshing, rustling sound, it was the wind in the trees. Nearby a a bird or birds singing. Somewhere in the distance, a motorbike, a plane, a child playing.

Walking through woods we can enjoys the silence. Stop and listen and we hear many sounds.

Two weeks earlier I had walked with a friend through watermeadows outside Farnham. Once we we were beyond the sound of traffic on a busy road we could hear the birds singing. [see An afternoon walk along the River Wey to Waverley Abbey]

One of the quietest places we can be is inside an anechoic chamber, a soundproof room.

In the late 1970s I was sat on a chair in one such place. The chair had a panic button as one can go mad. Was it silent? No, I could hear the blood circulating in my body!

The Pilgrimage

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2 Responses to “Listening to the sound of silence”

  1. greenerpasturesind Says:

    There is so much beauty in silence that I ought not make a sound. One of the moments when I have felt closest to God is when I was in the Himalayan mountains, and the only sound present was the sound of God and silence. Very nice and informative article.

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