This month I want to listen out for the everyday silences in my life.
I want to see where I can find the silences that already exist. I am not going to be extra silent or give up talking or seeing people. It is about seeking what is already here but overlooked (or rather unheard!).September is a great month for me to seek ‘everyday silence’. It is not going to be a quiet month. In two weeks the Chaplaincy Centre is moving to a new site in College – so I have meetings with the project manager, the contractor, and the removers. The university is gearing up for the new academic year and so I will also be doing the annual rounds of ‘welcome’ talks to new students.
My life seems to have little space for silence. I live in the center of a huge city full of noise and activity. Talking and sharing are vital to me and my partner, and our children. I have job that is about communication and conversation. So, while affirming all of these good things, can I start to notice the silence around me?
Are there any times of silence that I have not noticed before?
Is there any silence, or just moments with less noise?
What is the connection between inner personal silence and the noises or silences around me?
Does silence help with conversation and relationships?
I welcome comments about how and where you find silence in your life and what it means for you.
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