Whenever we become aware of silence, space and stillness we connect with something deeper within us and all around us. This silence, space and stillness is what many call God. It is not nothing, it is actually life energy before it forms into sounds, light, movement, thought, etc. It is the unmanifested. Everything else is the manifested (form). If you look around there is mostly space between objects, and if you listen carefully there is mostly silence between and around sounds. Becoming aware of this, you then become aware of stillness. This stillness is awareness itself. From the book Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle:
Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world.
You are that awareness, disguised as a person.
The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.
Whenever there is some silence around you – listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.
See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.
This state of awareness can also be brought about by paying attention to space. If you look around most of our world is space. The room you are sitting in, is mostly space. If you look up at night, you are seeing vast amounts of space. To put it into perspective, if you were traveling at the speed of light from the earth to the moon it would take about 1.3 seconds. How long do you think it would take to visit our nearest neighbor, Andromeda Galaxy? If you are traveling at the speed of light it would take you 2.4 million years. That’s a long time. That is a lot of space. So there is much more “space” then objects out there. As without, so within. Our bodies are also made of mostly space. In fact, 99.99% of us, is empty space. Space between atoms. Becoming aware of this space connects you to who you are – mostly space. It also connects you to everything around you, as everything around you including life forms and objects are mostly space. When enlightened peopled have come to the realization that they are one with everything, they have become aware of this space and are in fact aware of all space – as there is no border. In this space there is no end, there is also no time. Becoming aware of this space, silence and stillness is Zen, is enlightenment is Nowness, is God. Mediation is a very useful tool or practice you can use to become aware of silence, space and stillness although you really only need to pay attention to the space around you, the silence around you the stillness within you – and you can do this Now.