‘What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare’ William H Davies
‘And listen,’ we might add.
For some, the period of ‘lockdow’ has created changes to the pace and conditions of everyday life – the temporary removal of the hustle and bustle, the frantic activity and accompanying noise.
It seems an opportune time to examine our quiet moments a little more closely. For example:
Close your eyes for one minute; become aware of, and note mentally, each and every sound that breaks your silence. Notice its character and quality of the sound – was it harsh or gentle, loud or soft, natural or mechanical, near or far off etc.
Once more, close your eyes for one minute; become aware of the thoughts, ideas, distractions, feelings etc., that occur during that time.silence empty time?