Today’s resolution: An unburdening of sound

29 Sep

Blessed quiet. (2011/RO)

While this is a photo of snow — specifically, Simone’s footprints in snow — it doesn’t mean that I want snow. No, I’m wishing for quiet. Quiet of mind and spirit and body, all of which are hard to come by at times. The brief near absence of sound that arrives with the first fall of snow reminds me of what that’s like.


Meditation sometimes brings the quiet, or allows my mind to settle down enough to release static built up over hours or days as I work at the computer. I don’t have to be among people to become overwhelmed by the world. It’s right here in front of me, pixels and bytes, intricate roping and twisting flows of information at my fingertips, this web that captures and holds me rapt.

I love it — all this information within my virtual grasp. But it wears me out. For the past week, I’ve been traveling link to link, following paths of explanation — Mashable, Social Times, Mari Smith, TechCrunch and more — about ways to manage social media for marketing, branding, reaching out to consumers with content, content, more content.

I’m in a perpetual learning curve in my latest career incarnation as social media manager. I love it. But it’s exhausting. My mind has growing pains.

So today I took a break, settled down with instrumental music for meditation. Quiet. That’s hard for me to find, achieve. Not only were the electrons snapping, crackling and popping but I had to contend with tinnitus made worse than usual by lack of sleep.

You have tinnitus? Then you know what I mean. You don’t? Think of this: It’s neverending, neverwaning cicada song … in my head. Can’t imagine it? Go to this link and turn up the volume. Close your eyes. Listen. LISTEN.

That’s what I hear every second of every day. Most of the time, I tune it out. But when my mind overtires, I’m incapable of ignoring it. So, meditation.

Music makes meditation possible by giving me another sound on which to focus. Only when my mind finds that pathway can it slow and settle and … then I pass beyond that focus into a place of drifting thought, an unburdening of sound, a shushing snowfall of quiet.


I got there.


6 Responses to “Today’s resolution: An unburdening of sound”

  1. Jan September 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    This is really beautiful, Rhonda. And little dog or cat paws crunching in the snow; that is one of the quietest sounds in the world.


    • Rhonda September 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you, Jan. I wouldn’t have been able to write this before my meditation break. I was in bad shape.

  2. Wisteria Johnson September 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I sympathize with you in the endless quest for quiet. Meditation has been a mind-saver for me. Thanks for the link so other people will hear what we do, even if they *can* turn it off.


    • Rhonda October 1, 2011 at 12:20 am #

      Rita, I’m so sorry you suffer this, too. There have been days when I felt I couldn’t stand the noise another minute, but meditation does help. And you’re welcome for the link.

  3. Sonny September 30, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Rhonda, this was a great way to start my day. It’s good to be reassured I’m not alone. Thanks!

    • Rhonda September 30, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      You’re welcome, Sonny. And thank you for reading and being a good friend.

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