Our Defense Against Burgeoning Noise

Living in a modern city, one is besieged by an ever-increasing cacophony of community sounds. Thousands of automobiles, trucks, and buses pound the streets, creating a continuous roar. Jackhammers, air conditioners, sudden staccato bursts of revved-up motorcycles, screams of big jets flying low as they approach a nearby airport—all these create an environmental condition that is believed to be detrimental to mental and physical health.

It may be some time before any appreciable reduction of this racket is achieved. What, then, can we do to neutralize its harmful effects now? Students of Christian Science are finding the answer. They are learning to maintain an inner quietude by regular periods of study and prayer. The Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings give them glimpses of a higher, spiritual reality. These precious books show how to commune with God and attain the peace of His presence by expressing in daily life the qualities of His divine character. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers." Science and Health, p. 15;

Prayer unfolds man's innate spiritual nature as the image, or reflection, of the divine Mind. It develops spiritual sense, whereby one can begin to perceive the all-inclusiveness of this perfect Mind and feel something of its infinite stillness. As one learns to mentally cling to the fact of Mind's allness and claims it to be the real environment in which he lives, the clatter from the streets loses its power to disturb. One finds rest in the conscious realization of divine Love's presence and power. Addressing God, the prophet Isaiah wrote, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3;

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