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The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence - Dhamma Wheel
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I don't think that's the sound of the silent mind, but rather the sound of blood coursing through capillaries near the ear-drum. Minor tinnitus which most people can experience, it is referred to as the "music of the spheres" in Medieval esotericism, and elsewhere in New Age circles as the 'background music of the universe'. This seems to be a sort of tinnitus-sati, which isn't attested in the Suttas or the Commentaries, afaik. Perhaps it can be made to work well for some people.
I've used this practise a quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone.
It doesn't matter what causing it what matters is awareness of it, as is the case with any vipassana technique.
What I find is the degree to which I notice this sound is the degree to which the mind has settled down into a state of broad and receptive awareness. The sound itself is not imprtant, however a settled broad and receptive awareness is.
I have a hangup about meditation methods other than anapanasati, it seems, having to do with past experiences of people using them to validate all manner of strangeness. I'll watch this fault-finding more closely.
The worry about this sound of silence is that I might become fixated and keep hearing it. But one way or another it doesn't bother me. I still prefer to be constantly aware of the breath during daily activities. Personally I don't find it subtle at all.
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.
I just need to direct my attention to it at anytime and I can observe it. Sometimes for no apparent reason it grows louder and changes pitch for awhile and intrudes into my normal awareness. Always thought this tinnitus was a nuisance. At least now I can find a use for it.