True silence is larger than the lack of sounds. True silence radiates true happiness.
The main area of silence is within the mind. Silence of the mind is larger than the lack of sight, sound and other senses being absent. When sight, sound or other sense contacts are present the mind can choose to notice them. Once noticed they may quietly pass through or they be caught and become the beginning of a story to follow. Although the story may plan for a happy ending most of the stories are about wanting more or less of what is happening. Most stories are about the past not being what had been wanted or concerns about the future.
A larger sense of silence is within a mind that does not ruminate over the details of the past or expectations of the future. A larger silence takes in all the sense contacts of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and even thoughts without commentary. The sense contact registers and then moves on to the next and the next and the next.
When sights are present just be with what is seen.
When sounds are present just be with the heard.
When you are just with the seen before the story begins, “you” are not present.
When you are just with the heard “you” are not present.
Only when “you” are present does the suffering of wanting more or less detract from the true happiness that is always available.