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  1. This post’s timing is interesting. I was just remembering the other day a trip years ago to the Erie Canal Village in Rome, NY. We got to ride on a canal boat and the think that surprised us the most was how quiet it was. Yes, we are invaded by the background noise of cars, jets, radios, and electronics. No quietness for serious contemplation.

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    • It is also believed that with intense training like Zen monks practice in Zen monasteries that time can be prolonged. It is hard to simulate in any modern environment an absolute silence, yet the message of the Arp’s quote I understood is that we should try to withdrawn ourselves from technological noise from time to time – no matter how it might be hard.

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