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Our Fear of Silence

By George Hofmann

Our Fear of SilenceThe cultivation of mindfulness requires periods of focused attention. Many proponents of mindfulness maintain that this is best developed through seated, silent meditation. So before considering how to focus attention, we must first consider our relationship with silence.

Whether in the center of a city or deep in a forest, the cacophony of sounds around us makes it apparent that true silence is impossible. Composer John Cage wrote music that included long periods of silence. When the musicians stopped playing, concertgoers were quickly confronted with the shuffling, shifting, and coughing sounds in the concert hall.

So what is silence?

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Our Fear of Silence

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  1. I find in this blog a good deal of
    understanding and your analysis
    of noise and silence. Its true the modern times have been providing a great deal of contadiction between these two variables and meditation remains the solution.

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