I’ve been to a number of loud concerts and have noticed as I was leaving my whole body and mind continued to vibrate, this vibration sometimes continued for hours afterward especially the vibration of my mind. Thinking about this vibration effect weeks or even months later started me wondering whether our minds and bodies also take away a vibration effect from everyday exposure to computers, smart phones and the plethora of electronic gadgets we are plugged into. Are we ignoring the possibility of technological overexposure?
Close your eyes for 3 or 4 seconds and listen to your surroundings, how many distinct sounds do you hear? I’ll bet you counted more then a handful. We are surrounded by noise, most of which we are barely conscious of and we’ve come to accept our life bereft of silence and forgotten how important embracing silence is.
The noise of passing cars, scraping snow shovels, clicking keys and muffled smart phones while important to our serenity is not the noise I want you to think about. No, I want you to think about the noise inside your head that’s shouting to get out. It’s our thoughts and internal conversations constantly taking place inside all of us that gets in the way of meaningful Dialogue.
There are many common barriers that prevent Dialogue from emerging – trust, fear and distraction to name a few.
People are often afraid to fully trust themselves and others. There is fear associated with being open to the new ideas and possibilities Dialogue brings forth. It takes courage to suspend judgment and participate wholly. It takes resolve to contemplate deeply held beliefs.