And get some peace
We can escape all noise, except that which is inside our heads. Our thoughts, worries, fears, plans all make a clatter in our consciousness that makes experiencing life difficult.
Our minds, in our ongoing attempt to be a part of everything, control most things, and understand, plan, or alter all that we can, make an ongoing tumult of thought.
The noise in our own heads is the sound of the top layer of our mind, chattering away, while the deeper layers watch, observe, and wait for a few moments of peace and quiet to process everything that’s going on.
This is the organizational part of our mind, and it tends to correspond closely to our self-concept. It’s the “me” we think we are.
So how do we turn ourselves “off”? We don’t, not really. We have to come to the realization that we’re more than the noise in the front of our minds, the unspoken verbalizations that frame and arrange the activities of our day.
That part of our existence is a tool, and interface that helps us traverse the outer world, where other people, our jobs, our environment takes place. Our inner world, composed of that front most organizational self, overlays deeper, even more complex pieces of ourselves.
Meditation can give us the time it takes to allow those deeper parts of ourselves to integrate all the chaos of the day into a deeper, unified whole.
As sleep allows the brain time to organize experience into memories, mediation gives the deeper parts of us time to process our experiences into the whole cloth of our existence.
Be aware though—once our mind does fall quiet, it’s not uncommon for thoughts to appear out of nowhere, usually things we meant to do or address and have forgotten.
Quick as can be, we’re up, out of our meditative state and taking care of whatever it is, and then we go back and “finish” meditation. If you managed to quiet your mind even for a few minutes, you benefited from your meditation, ah but!
Think how much more we can get out of mediation if we don’t act on those thoughts that bubble up from the upper surface of our mind. When such thoughts appear, simply observe them, and let them go.
They’ll be there when you re-engage your attention to the outer world of people, places, and things.