Many people live for music, and without it they would be lost. Rightly so, music is a beautiful gift to the world. Musicians are fascinating and often mysterious. People talk around their favourites musicians almost like they know them like a brother/sister.
Even the major faiths have their own unique music and funeral and weddings celebrate the lives of people. The universe without music would be a very dismal place and I am sure depression and anxiety would be increased. However, endlessness noise, music, tv, chatting, even radio is no good for our minds.
What about silence, Has this got value too?
I think modern people do not get enough silence. I mean real silence in solitude and not distractions. Sounds insane to suggest six hours of no talking, no internet, phones or any other distractions. Just you and your thoughts!
I have done this on many occasions staying at a Buddhist monastery. That’s the rule there, just silence mostly and the place is like a library.
The quieting of the mind helps with meditation.
“Regulating the Mind Meditation can improve your health, but its primary purpose is to enable you to be free of thought; because when this has occurred, wisdom shines brightly. With that aim in mind, then, we see that both counting the breath and tracing the breath are methods of regulating the breath and thereby the mind. If you are fully concentrated in this way, your thoughts are no longer confused or disordered. That is why people who have racing minds or who are involved in emotional turmoil are assigned the simple task of counting their breaths. It calms them in body, breath and mind. In body, they grow relaxed and free of tension, the breathing slows and deepens, and the mind grows quiet, calm and unperturbed. As one continues in this practice, all but the finer states of mind disappear. Then, it is time to regulate the mind, for now it has become much less erratic. There are many methods of approach, but the one most favored is to have one rest his or her attention on just one point, and to consider any thoughts that arise to be like actors that appear on a stage and then leave. This attitude of passivity, of taking part less and less in what is happening, leads to concentration. Therefore, when you have succeeded in concentrating on the point of your choice, you are also free of disturbing thoughts; and, with continued concentration, the practitioner finds, as well, that fewer disturbing thoughts arise for the rest of the day. So, concentrate upon or relaxedly be aware of the tip of your nose, your navel or the point an inch and a half below it, in an area known as the tan t’ien, because your mind needs something to occupy it. Traditionally, in this practice the mind is said to be like a monkey that has been restricted to a small space, where it can no longer jump and skip about. “
The Fundamentals of Meditation Practice by Ting Chen