The head monk once said,

“If a person is always surrounded by music she may never imagine there is an alternative.  But if, after many years, she comes to a place where there is no music she may be surprised, maybe even shocked, by the relief of not hearing the constant sound.”

“If her experience of silence makes a strong enough impression,  then when she returns to the world of music she will not only hear the music but also the silence which is always here with the music”.

“With awakening you will know a peace which is always here”.

Excerpts from “A Monastery Within” by Gil Fronsdal