Are we able to sit with a quiet mind and know the fragrance of silence? All of us are familiar with the stressful impacts of relentless thought and reactivity on our well-being. The good news is that we can free ourselves from the inner floods and tempests by deepening our meditation practice and intuitive insight. As we hone these skills in conducive conditions, we prepare to test our spiritual mettle in the vicissitudes of everyday life. A talk given at a True North retreat at the Padua Centre in Montreal, Quebec in 2008.