The Sounds of Silence & Mindfulness


MAKING SPACE FOR SILENCE

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Image: pavelwp / Shutterstock.com

Making Space for Silence
by Angela Doll Carlson
Sojo.net

"But what if the world suddenly, somehow, became both infinite in scope and exquisite in detail all at once?"
 
Poet, fiction writer, and essayist, Angela Doll Carlson shares her yearning for quiet contemplation and a connection to the divine amidst a world of chaos in this moving piece. She also reminds us that "it is a trick of the culture to suggest that in this loud and crowded life I lead, God is absent, and the holy has receded." You can read more here. Do you agree with her? Where do you find the divine in the everyday? How do you make time for refection with all of the pulls and reality of everyday life?
 


THE MINDFUL CHILD

Image: Sam Kalda

Image: Sam Kalda

The Mindful Child
by Bobby Azarian
The New York Times

Although the calming benefits that meditation has for children have long been known, new research is helping quantify its benefits for elementary-school-age children. As noted in this recent New York Times piece, recent investigations, along with a review published in March that combed the developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience literature, illustrate how meditative practices have the potential to actually change the structure and function of the brain in ways that foster academic success. You can read more here about the studies and here about three ways for children to try meditation at home.


THE ART OF KEEPING QUIET

Image: Hindustan Times

Image: Hindustan Times

The Art of Keeping Quiet
by Shoba Narayan
mintonsunday.livemint.com

Blogger Shoba Narayan opens this reflection with a question that we would all be wise to ask ourselves: In a world full of noise, how do you define and use silence? She muses about the different ways one might answer this question and gives us some rudimentary background on the ways different religions have harnessed the power of quiet. "All these religions recognize that the world of the mind is primarily connected with speech and action. It involves logic, analysis, discussion and debate. In order to feel the soul, to go deeper into the beauty and serenity that is at the heart of all creation, you have to introspect. Turning inwards (or turning-in words, to use an obvious pun) in silence can help us acknowledge the conflicts, contradictions and ego that controls behaviour." What do you think? How do you define your relationship with silence? 


THE DESSERT

Image: // in pursuit of silence

Image: // in pursuit of silence

// in pursuit of silence
A film by Patrick Shen

"As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives." You can see the preview here.