Entries tagged with “Silence”
A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives
Exploring the waning resource of silence.
The neighbor’s smoke alarm is beeping, demanding a new battery. A kid is bouncing on a pogo stick out in the yard—squeak, squeak, squeak. Trying to focus on a task can be cha…
An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD
What exactly is silence? Patrick Shen’s hypnotic documentary, shot around the world, seeks to explore both the scientific and psychological concepts of silence, and posits the idea…
I woke up at 4:00 a.m., meditated for 11 hours, and ate my last meal of the day at 11:00 a.m.—for 10 days. Where to begin?
The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.
Every morning, I meditate. Badly.I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a mil…
While we’ll never escape noise completely, we can create necessary moments of quiet—and, in the process, create much-needed balance.
Since when did “saying what’s on your mind,” no matter what, become an admirable quality? While freedom of speech is a constitutional right, the ability to edit what you say, befor…
An Excerpt from Soul Vows
From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.
We learn best when we are not learning—when we make more room for silence.
A weeklong retreat beyond words and even snuggling
Unable to take the sheer noisiness of big-city life anymore, I left for a town of 500 people in a corner of Alaska...Sleepless at 1:30, I get up, wrap myself up in a gray blanket, …
A former monk shares insights from a year of solitary prayer and contemplation
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander woke from a weeklong coma claiming he’d been to a place that many believe does not exist. Now he says he’s found a way to return.
Often, the best way to deepen our spiritual practice is by unplugging from the noise, conversations and devices that keep us from connecting with our higher Self. To better underst…
Loneliness can be an invitation to change