Leo Babauta makes in a recent post a praise for the "joy of quiet" as an enabler for meditation and soul-searching.
"Being alone is another pleasure we too often neglect.
When we are alone, we go on the Internet or TV to see what else is going on, what others are doing or saying, instead of just being alone.
This isolation is a necessary thing, that allows us to find ourselves, to learn to be content with little instead of always wanting more.
Can you practice being alone, being still, being quiet?
Just a little at first, then perhaps a bit more.
Listen, watch, learn about yourself.
Need nothing more".
Our inner self has so much to tell us, if only we could let it talk to us and enjoy the quiet like we enjoy the gatherings with people we've been out of touch for a while. We owe it to ourselves as to others. A simple Joy, a Quiet one...