An Infinite Noise

First Thoughts. 

As dawn peeks closer, I notice my first thoughts of the day.  The ones that still seem tied to the world of sleep.  To dreams.  To rest.  They are different than the thoughts that percolate as the day moves forward with a rush of light and warmth.  An autumn day in blossom.

Have you ever recorded your first thoughts in a journal?

What did you discover?

Today … my first thoughts are about the power of silence.  If I were a scientist or a theologian or an artist, I would study silence.  I would study silence no matter what my calling in life.

I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand
shadowless like silence, listening to silence.

— Thomas Hood

We seem to be built of silence.  It can feel that natural.  That real.  And it can be a great source of comfort.

  • Have you noticed?

When words fail or merely confuse us, silence provides the space for peace.

  • Have you noticed?

Silence gives us rest from the world.  From ourselves.

  • Have you noticed?

Listen to the sound of silence.
— Paul Simon

I sense an infinite noise within silence.  A link to eternity.  A thread that unites the Universe.

And there are moments, as the dawn gathers our eyes to the sky, when I feel silence speaking to all of us.

Like a magical force.  A whisper of truth.  The jewel of our mortal experience.

Silence is a source of great strength.
— Lao Tzu

Silence is a wonderful form of communication.  It slips through physical barriers and misunderstandings like a healing force; and makes us aware of life, as “noise” springs forth from the midst of a great silence.

And, so often, we honor those we have lost in silence.  Their names, their history, now part of something we only intuit through the gate of silence.  Their memories … now part of our souls … now embedded in silence.

So as the sky takes on a morning light, find your true place — in silence.

Let it light up your day.

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