SILENCE...

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    Mar 22, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    EDIT: If you answer this thread, it is NOT about meditating or listening to soothing sounds by the river. It's being in a place that is ABSOLUTELY silent. No fan in the background, far enough away to not hear appliance running, no sound WHATSOEVER. Like you have no ears, gone, SILENT.

    So, when's the last time you sat in total silence for at least five minutes? No Internet, no TV, no music, no cell phone, just silence. Discounting sleeping of course, talking more about waking hours.

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    Mar 22, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    i dont think I have in a long time, but I found that it can be soothing. Especially if you do it ina way that is called meditation, but I rather do it with rain sounds playing though.
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    Monday morning
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    Mar 22, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Every day. Is it that unusual? I guess I'm a quiet type anyway.
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    Mar 22, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    I try to mediate whenever I get the chance, preferably somewhere peaceful and isolated outside. I think it's really important for people to spend at least some of their time reflecting and becoming aware with themselves each day.
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    Mar 22, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    Each morning I go and sit near a body of water, I always live by a large body of water within walking distance.
    Atm its the Swan River i walk down, sit, close my eyes and clear my mind. its a simple form of meditation.
    Helps keep me centred. I feel like crap when i dont,... like today.icon_evil.gif

    So ill go at sunset and sit on the beach instead.
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    I do that often.. every day.. while meditating...

    Also when I take a bus...
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    Today. Happens frequently enough...
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:10 AM GMT
    Everyday. It's refreshing.

    Years ago I use to make an annual silent retreat wherein we were not allowd to talk to any other retreatants from after supper on a Thursday night until after lunch the following Sunday. No radios, no TV. Cell phones/iPhones were not an issue way back then. I hated transitioning back to the talking world.
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Breakfast, if you count that.
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    ^^^^ No, because your cereal keeps snap, crackling, and popping....



    I am addicted to my technology, so I am going to have to say it's rare for me.

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    Mar 22, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    at least once in the past week. Upstairs in my bedroom, just looking out the window
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    Some may think I have a lot to say here at RJ and at times like many others I do. But.......thats a side of me my husband never sees as away from RJ I'm never political, controversial, because as a whole I am very silent. I work alone a lot in our garden as I have my own projects, and I really enjoy the silance and solitude of that, so I would say a lot.

    I've had times were I've locked myself away in my garden for a week at a time, and not talked with anyone, and just been out in the garden. Just like I can spend a lot of time alone, yet never get lonely.
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    Does meditating WITH music count, or no?
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    Mar 22, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    It's my favourite part (i.e., the one of very few good parts) of being a smoker. I love to go outside, sit down, smoke, and think... for seven minutes of uninterrupted mental extrapolations. For staring at the stars at night, though they may be dim and faded from the city lights. Sometimes, I enjoy it so much, I chain smoke, but that's rare. If ever I quit, I need another replacement activity which allows me to go sit and think away from everything, several times a day.
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    Mar 22, 2012 7:20 AM GMT
    Same as MeOhMy. In my case it's usually the first few cigarettes of the day back to back. In the early morning hours I can just stare into the distance and contemplate my life.

    I also sometimes stare at a blank wall for 15-20 minutes in complete silence in order to empty my head of all the 'noise'.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:05 AM GMT
    Today, I try to do it daily for as much as I can. I've gone for hours before with just silence and myself. It's nice. I like to think of it as a test/pushing myself. It's easy to distract yourself and avoid feeling or thinking. I prefer to push myself to be in the moment, to feel things, to be aware and observe what's going in my head and body and experience it. It's a really healthy thing to do.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWhen's the last time you sat in total silence for at least five minutes? No Internet, no TV, no music, no cell phone, just silence.
    Hurricane Francis, but that was more like five days.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:12 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidI also sometimes stare at a blank wall for 15-20 minutes in complete silence in order to empty my head of all the 'noise'.
    I prefer banging my head against the wall for 15-20 minutes while listening to metal, to empty my head of all the marbles.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:22 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes said
    whateveryo saidI also sometimes stare at a blank wall for 15-20 minutes in complete silence in order to empty my head of all the 'noise'.
    I prefer banging my head against the wall for 15-20 minutes while listening to metal, to empty my head of all the marbles.
    I think you've already lost your marbles.
    No, there's still two rattling around in there, and I can't seem to get them to pop out.
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    Mar 22, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    I have a few minutes of quiet time every morning.

    That said, yesterday in the office my whole team were involved in their respective projects and short of the HVAC system and keys clicking on keyboards - it was completely silent for like 30 minutes.

    That was the most pleasing time I have had in the office in months... I got more done in that half hour than I do in entire days some days.
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    Mar 22, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    It isn't unusual for me at all... driving sometimes for sure.
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    Mar 22, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    multiple times every day. Only not always sitting. Sometimes standing.
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 22, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    I spend about 20-30 minutes every morning meditating. Sometimes it means clearing my mind of any noise or intrusive thoughts, sometimes it means listening to my breathing, sometimes it's sending good thoughts out to my loved ones. But I think no matter what, it's important for us to unplug at least for a few minutes every day.
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    Mar 22, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    The only time I usually find myself in silence is on the toilet but I do make an effort to have no music or TV on when I cook.