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and again now we heard that wonderful bass hum of the heating system as it whirs away up in the ceiling In the silence of this room the sound of that motor became very prominent in our consciousness Usually while talking and listening thinking and worrying we dont notice it That motor reminds me of a wonderful realization I had in the hotel room where Im staying a couple of blocks from here Theres a refrigerator in the room and of course the refrigerator goes on and off as its thermostat switches in and out I was lying in bed with the low continuous drone of the refrigerator which is something like the sound of this heater and then suddenly Pop - the refrigerator turned off Even though the machine made a very subtle noise its cessation in the quiet and dark of the night seemed almost like the wonderful moment when someone is repeatedly beating you over the head and then they stop How good it feels The acute silence that occurred when the refrigerator shut off was an extraordinary event as I lay there in the dark smiling with a great contentment It sounds silly but Im almost tempted to cut out all the other titles of this talk and simply talk about the refrigerator Spiritual realization is often sparked by the most humdrum events While we were sitting here in our brief meditation somebody coughed You may have noticed how beautiful and resonant that cough sounded When were just going about our business and somebody coughs its just a noise a distraction but against the background of the minute of silent concentration and clarity that we have shared here that cough was just a marvelous sound that went out into the universe it had a wonderful clear resonance and a structure It lasted only a half a second but you could almost hear the different phases of the cough so that
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