(Follow this link to see the July 2020 Priory Newsletter where this was originally published.)
One of my fellow monks, when talking with people of other faiths, will often describe our mediation as a prayer of listening. When we sit, we attempt to let go and in this letting go (not pushing away, just letting what is there be there and change as it will) we can learn to not get caught up in our fears and worries, patterns from the past and ideas and opinions about the way things are. In this quiet place of meditation, which is below the turmoil of our minds, we have the opportunity to deeply hear the voice of our own suffering; hear what it has to say to us and give it an opportunity to find peace.
In the world of audio engineering, there is a term: signal to noise ratio. In the electronic audio world this means the clarity of the sound transmitted across a circuit (for example from a microphone to a set of speakers) versus the amount of noise (from static or electronic distortion) introduced by the circuit. I am sure we have all heard an audio recording where Continue reading →