What is needed, more than silence, is to be still.If it's silence we want, a simple meditation practise can deliver it. A fact worth considering?
Somebody showed us how to watch our breathing patiently until our thoughts slow, and maybe sometimes stop. We've been to that place once, and thus know how to get there again.
So, what else is needed?
And this NOT something you can do, it's not something you can find, it's not something that you can deserve or work towards.
When stillness arises, then it arises.
There are no reasons for it, no precedents, nothing that we can say about it.
Also involved in stillness, is a stepping back from experiences and perceptions, almost as if you are just watching the body-mind complex.
In stillness, the illusion of choice dissolves.If we sweep aside all the elaborate teachings, and years of endlessly analyzing concepts, we immediately come face to face with a simple moment centered decision.
Be silent, or do something else?
And whether the body-mind is active or not is irrelevant.
If it were relevant, I would still be drawn to meditation, to silence.
The only thing I am drawn to is the present moment.