Sounds of Silence

This week we continue our series the Summers of Love focusing on another classic, The Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Sounds of Silence, at least for me, brings back many fond memories. In the series we focus not simply on the beauty and memories the song provokes but what meanings and lessons we can gleam from the words and feelings. Music is such a powerful tool in our spiritual tool belt, much like poetry, because we react to it, in many ways, beyond the intellect with the emotional centers of our brain. I have had many an experience where driving in a car or listening at home and a song comes on and I find myself in tears not only for the memory but the meaning I have given the song.

Art Garfunkel, in an interview, said that the song was about people being unable to communicate spiritually or emotionally creating a barrier to love and connection. Paul Simon, on the other hand, said he wrote the song over a period of time alone in the dark in his parents bathroom and was not quite sure of the deeper meaning as it just sort of evolved over time. This is a great lesson in that ideas, music, thoughts don't have a meaning but rather the meaning we ascribe it. For each person the song might have a different meaning and that meaning may evolve and change over time. 

I experience the Sounds of Silence from a couple of different perspectives. The first is the spiritual practice of the silence. Taking the time, go within, and listening for the still small voice. "Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again." To take the time to cease my pushing, and seeking, and yearnings to simply stop and rest in the silence is a powerful practice. On the other hand, there is the silence of not speaking up, not sharing your truth, keeping quiet when we need to be heard, or denying others our perspective for fear of judgment or persecution. "People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share and no one dared disturb the sound of silence." That silence, which is found in our families, jobs, politics, and religion as well as others, can be destructive and damaging and has us living out of integrity with our true selves. 

We invite to take a moment and reflect on the idea of silence. When is silence a spiritual practices that connects you to the Divine within and when are you silent and in need of finding your voice.? Rev Ray will provide the message, Don Reinhardt, Phill Crowther & John Spencer will provide the special music and Rev Val will lead the meditation.