“Do you want to know what makes music?” The answer is, the space between the notes. If it weren’t for those quiet spaces, all we would hear is constant noise.
Where is that space in our lives? Where are those quiet, contemplative moments in our life? If our lives minds are constantly “chattering”, how does wisdom find a home?
Plato and many other philosophers have all subscribed to the notion that declares “an unexamined life is not worth living”. I agree one hundred percent but in this day of constant stimulation, it’s hard to quiet our minds to examine anything. I think that perhaps this is the greatest challenge we face in this century. It’s not just a problem for teenagers who are constantly “plugged in” to something. It’s a problem most of us have. I know I do.
It’s rare that I sit and read a book. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m always reading but it’s rare that it’s quiet when I’m doing so. Either the TV, the radio, my I-phone, my Nook or my computer are nearby and fired up. I worry that I’m losing the ability to enjoy the quiet.
Exercise quietness for a strong mind.
For today, try to find even as little as five minutes of quietness to allow yourself time to think. Contemplative thinking (quiet time to be alone with our thoughts) is most definitely getting to be a lost art.
More about this subject in the next post.