In this excerpt, Thich Nhat Hanh states simply the profound consequences of the non-silence within us: that we become deaf to life, to beauty, to the world. We literally miss the world.
“We spend a lot of time looking for happiness when the world right around us is full of wonder. To be alive and walking on the earth is a miracle and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to. There is beauty calling to us every day, every hour, but we are rarely in a position to listen.
The basic condition for us to hear the call of beauty and respond to it is silence.
If we don’t have silence in ourselves, if our mind, our body, are full of noise, then we can’t hear beauty’s call.
There’s a radio playing in our head, radio station NST: Non-Stop Thinking. Our mind is filled with noise and that’s why we can’t hear the call of life, the call of love. Our heart is calling us but we don’t hear. We don’t have the time to listen to our heart.”
~ From Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh