Noise or Music?
There’s a Catholic church down the street from me. When I go for a walk I can hear the bells chime on the hour. It’s really very beautiful, I feel like it adds to the peace of the neighborhood. It’s amazing how quiet it can be sometimes around here. But then a helicopter flies by, or a car alarm goes off, and it disturbs the stillness. So I got to thinking, what are we contributing to the stillness: noise or music? Our words can be kind and gentle like the church bells, or they can be harsh like an alarm. In our mindfulness, do we watch what we say, and the way we say it? Our voices carry with them messages and meaning. Through our words we can hurt, or we can heal. Think about what we are saying about ourselves by the words we choose to use.
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