The Sound Of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel had a hit song titled The Sound Of Silence. It’s one of my favorites. If you never heard it you should Google it and also read the lyrics. I think it is very powerful and thought-provoking.

This past week I had a rare opportunity to really experience what the real sound of silence is like. We had a power outage due to a breakdown with one of the power company’s electric breakers. The power outage affected over a thousand customers within my neighborhood and surrounding area. I called the power company to find out what the estimated time of recovery to restore the power would be and was told it would take approximately two hours. What to do for two hours without any power what so ever, in the middle of August in Arizona…? I decided I would go over and visit my mother at the Care Center again. She would be surprised to see me and I could visit with her in a refrigerated building… So, I got my keys and headed out the door and into the garage where I learned very quickly that, hello,… the garage door is electric and will not open during a power outage unless you are super woman and strong enough to pull the emergency cord and manually lift the garage door. I tried and tried but I could not get that door up. So, I went back in the house to wait it out.

Once in the house, I sat in my rocking chair and became very aware of just how quiet the house really was.

In the summertime I do water exercises in the pool every morning, then have my breakfast and coffee out on the patio. I consider that my “quiet” time where I can sit and reflect all by myself with only the sounds of nature or traffic sounds to listen too. Seemed pretty “quiet” and peaceful to me.

I guess I have become so unaware of the everyday sounds of my house, like a fan running, the refrigerator motor, the ice machine making ice, or the refrigeration unit coming on etc. that I thought my house was pretty quiet, until that power outage hit and everything was completely silent. No clocks ticking, no dishwasher running, no fans, nothing, just complete and absolute silence.

I could have picked up my smart phone and played a game or checked out Facebook etc. like so many people do. But, instead, I decided I would spend the time reading. I always have a good book to read on my end table. I got all settled in my rocking chair and started reading. But the more I read, the more distracted I was by the silence of the house. Finally, I put the book down and decided I would see what it’s like to sit and just be still in complete and absolute silence, and I’m so glad I did.

At first it was hard for me to just sit still. However, I made up my mind that I was going to do this little experiment so I did. I just sat, and the longer I sat, the more I began to notice my mind and whole body was really beginning to relax… And, the more my mind and body relaxed, the more I was able to clear my mind of all the thoughts and gibberish that runs through my mind throughout the day… like what I need to be doing next, where am I supposed to be next, etc. All that just seemed to melt away and  I just let the silence take over and it was a very rejuvenating experience.

Of course this is not something I have the luxury of doing everyday… but it is something I found very relaxing and worthwhile at the time. It also made me really understand the difference between “quiet” time and the real “Sound Of Silence.” A totally unique experience… 🙂

Stay Tuned!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 23:10:44

    Very cool and congratulations! You just experienced your first meditation!! Yeah! xoxoxo more!

    Reply

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