Screaming rock or rap music, jackhammers, car horns, ringing cell phones, crying babies--there's no ignoring the pervasive noise in our chaotic culture, the modern equivalent of medieval torture, only worse, because there's no escaping it! It would be different if it was like a train whistle in the night that we've long since became inured to. But modern noises are assaultive in their sudden, jarring burst upon our senses. When you hear tires screech, a co-worker yell across the room, or your teen's bedroom walls vibrating from the decibels emanating from inside, don't you long to fly away to a warm, quiet, lush, soothing tropical island? And car alarms! They don't work anyway; there should be a law banning them. They're enough to make us call the realtor and pack that night! Is there no hiding place from the din? No refuge from the chaotic thrum and pulse of daily life? The world's noise level is ratcheting up along with the temperature. Call it Global Deafening. Help!
2. The living room - if you have hardwood floors, they should not be scratched and should be bright and shinning or if carpeted the carpets should be clean and not worn. The furniture should be the right size for the room and not oversized and should be in great shape and not covered with electrical tape trying to hold it together, do not laugh, I have seen it. The walls should be painted in a light color and windows clean and shinning, the drapes should match the room and have eye appeal. The just read newspaper should not be open and lying on the coffee table. Everything should be in its place. Fresh flowers always look nice.
Your favorite new age or classical music--Tim Janis, Enya, Secret Garden. Incense and/or candles. (Please don't burn the house down, fire trucks are really noisy!) Set aside a certain time every day, or as needed. No need to actively meditate, although you may find it unavoidable after a short time, and that's okay. One small detail that you may wish to incorporate is a copy of Desiderata©***, the Max Ehrmann poem popular in the '60s that says, in part, \"Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.\" If there was ever a time this little poem is needed it's now. Taking turns reading it may be a good way to start your session every time.
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