Below is a link to a wonderful opinion piece in the NY Times by a writer named Pico Iyer on 1-1-12 called "The Joy of Quiet." As he wisely notes, we are so inundated with New information, by email, text, Facebook, and other media that we risk being unable to distinguish between what is New and what is Essential. What is Essential, he suggests, can only be discerned in the Silent Recesses of our Inner Lives.
I mostly agree with Mr. Iyer, but in my experience there is a certain Essential quality of life which can only be reached, and savored, in the Noisy Atmosphere of a dance club, in the presence of the gods of the wild, crazy, unbridled energy of Youth.
I'm curious about your reflections about this issue.
Mr. Iyer's "The Joy of Quiet" can be found at this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/the-joy-of-quiet.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&sq=pico&st=cse&scp=3
For those of you who, like I, have found it hard to meditate alone, here's an excerpt from Bob Vinci's website, www.TheMeditationMan.org about the experience of meditating at Starr Mill in Middletown. You are welcome to participate. There is no charge.
The Meditation Man
Bob Vinci has studied meditation in its many forms for over 30 years. He draws on that vast experience to teach a technique that is deceptively simple, but profound in its impact.
Just one session of his Meditation Man Technique can bring relaxation and a sense of peace and physical well-being, while regular practice multiplies the benefits.
Meditation by the Waterfalls at Star Mills
Once or twice a week they gather, individuals driving in from various parts of the state, each with his or her own needs, looking for a safe, comfortable place to meditate. They include men and women of various ages, sometimes including teens. Cars are parked at the rear of the mills and folks settle down in comfortable chairs in front of windows looking out on the Star Mills falls. There is a short period wherein each member reacquaints with others in lively conversation. With the window open the sound of tumbling water provides a relaxing background for social meditation.
"The Meditation Man," Bob Vinci meets them at the door and greets each individual who he has known for various lengths of time. Star Mills, by the waterfalls, is a comfortable world, a kind and gentle place that offers each of the meditators friendship and companionship. Bob knows each of them, their histories and personal stories and treats each of them as if they were members of his family, which indeed, in a sense, they are.