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The Sound of Silence


In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This much-publicized event was instrumental in introducing meditation to the western world.  The approximately 7 weeks spent in India was the most productive in the Beatles’ tenure.  John Lennon said,  “We wrote about thirty new songs between us. Paul must have done about a dozen. George says he’s got six, and I wrote fifteen”.

It would be hard to argue that the environment had little to do with the Beatles’ productivity. Getting away from the clamor of normal life can open avenues of creativity and productivity in each of us.


Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He records the sounds of nature all over the world. In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on her radio program, “On Being”, he warns that silence is becoming a rare commodity. It wasn’t long ago that keeping earth’s waters clean was not all that important, and being able to see the stars was not something that should concern us. Today, when those things are nearly gone, we see the importance of them. Now we are in danger of losing silence.

Silence is not the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. A forest can be silent even with the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves, but noise is something different. We are awash in noise everyday. From cars on the highway, to the beeping of a smart phone, noise is a part of our lives. When we are surrounded by noise our minds are being pulled in many directions. Noise makes it difficult to concentrate, to control our thoughts, or to simply rest our minds in meditation.

Meditation is an important part of our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  The Lord has counseled us to not run faster than we have strength. When we are bombarded by noise, our minds are running faster than they have strength. When we turn off the noise and rest our minds in meditation, we are able to “let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds.” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:34) Meditation clears our minds and welcomes insight and inspiration.

President David O. McKay said, “We don’t take sufficient time to meditate. It’s a great thing to be responsive to the whisperings of the Spirit and we know that when these whisperings come it is a gift and our privilege to have them. They come when we are relaxed and not under pressure of appointments.”

Take 60 seconds right now and listen to the birds in the Sacred Grove as you watch this video of sunrise on the Joseph Smith farm.




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The Law of Abundance in the Garden — Part 1

If everyone desired only what they needed, we would each have not only what we need, but we would each have abundance.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller share ideas for creating abundance in your garden. (Audio 29:18)

Learn how to:

  • Work with Mother Nature rather than against her.
  • Enrich your garden soil.
  • Have a chemical-free garden that thrives.


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Finding Peace

Finding peace can sometimes feel like an elusive butterfly. We see it. We know what it looks like. It seems within reach, but when we get close it moves away…not far away, but just out of reach.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

If nobody but you can bring you peace, doesn’t it stand to reason that nobody but you can take peace away?


We all have things in our past that we should have done differently, or perhaps not done at all. We cannot change the past; we can only change the way we deal with it. If we fret over mistakes, we hinder our ability to improve and move forward. You can’t start a new chapter of your life if you keep re-reading old ones.


Often when we dwell on old mistakes and live in regret, those regrets turn into excuses. They can become excuses for continued poor behavior, or they might become excuses for not being the person you want to be.

Benjamin Franklin said: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

When we are busy making excuses, we take precious time away from making a life.


Living in the past can ingrain in us a resistance to change. We start to feel comfortable in the familiarity of regret, regardless of how truly uncomfortable that past may be. When we accept that things will change, and better yet, when we embrace change we can set aside regrets and excuses and move forward improving everyday.


When we hold onto regret and wallow in the pain of the past it can make us gun shy about trying new things. The painful memories of past mistakes can become a warning flare keeping us from venturing into what might be an exciting and fulfilling future. When we expect life to be pain free, we tiptoe rather than dance. On the other hand, when we accept the fact that life can be painful, but rewarding, we accept the difficulties as lessons learned and wisdom gained.


Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. To be honest, things rarely work out the way we planned. Have you ever been on a journey, a holiday, or vacation and gotten lost? You were heading to see a particular site and you took a wrong turn and found yourself miles away from where you were heading. If you kept your nose in your map and complained and regretted the wrong turn, you missed out on an unexpected scenic wonder. However, if you kept your head up and looked around you found you had wandered into something wonderfully exciting. Life can take wrong turns. But often those turns are “wrong turns” only because they were not according to plan. More often than not, those turns, when seen in a positive light, can be the beginning of an entirely new and thrilling journey.

If we start down the road believing that the original goal is the only acceptable outcome, we will likely be disappointed. And sadly, we may find ourselves regretting the “wrong turns” that could be the start of a wonderful new adventure.

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“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” –Virginia Woolf

“Let us so live that the spirit of our religion will live within us, then we have peace, joy, happiness and contentment, which makes for pleasant fathers, pleasant mothers, pleasant children, pleasant households, neighbors, communities and cities. That is worth living for, and I do think that the Latter-day Saints ought to strive for this.” – Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 15:135

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This article was originally published on in 2014