Shhhh! Building Silence into our Lives
The overwhelming overload of information, stimulus, and noise in our lives has become the new normal. We go through the day hearing our electronics buzz or beep at us, enduring chaos at either work or home, listening to the television spouting news at us, or hearing the roar of a football game…the list is endless. Our lives are filled with tweets, posts, chatter, and chats—NOISE!
But let me ask you this…When is the last time you sat in true silence? We have come to see silence as a void–a space without talk or noise. We are so accustomed to noise overload that we have come to see silence as disturbing or uncomfortable. But, rather than seeing the quiet as a deficiency of noise, why not see it as the purity of soundlessness. Most o f the activities that are meant to relax us, to bring us tranquility, are immersed in some level of silence. Yoga, Pilates, and spa treatments allow us to experience the benefits of stillness and quiet.
The benefits of silence are boundless. When our minds get too full, when we are inundated with noise, chaos, our energy gets depleted quickly. We find ourselves in conflict as our minds and bodies try to filter out the chaos. The silence gives us the opportunity to rejuvenate, to refueland to reconnect with ourselves before entering our world’s commotion once again.
So what are some ways that we can build the silence into our lives? Here are some of my favorites:
Take a walk outdoors in nature…but here is the catch…without an ipod or pnone. Just enjoy the quiet, the sounds of nature, allowing room to hear your thoughts. In some communities, you might find a garden space, or the beach (waves are often all the sound you need!), or a neighborhood park. The silence will bring tranquility with each step.
Take a wonderfully relaxing bubble bath. Soak yourself into an Epsom salt bath, and rather than putting music on…just be in the silence. I definitely recommend lighting some candles and aromatherapy to deepen the serenity.
Visit a museum or gallery in the area. Walking quietly, looking at the art, allows you to slow time down a bit and clear your mind. Plus you get a little culture along the way!
Get a soothing massage. Not only will your body thank you, but the quiet solace of a massage will de-stress your mind too!
Find a quiet spot to write in your journal. Pouring out the thoughts that are wandering around in your mind is one of the best ways to reduce mind clutter.
Of course, there is always the art of meditation. The purpose of it is to quiet the mind, and be present in the moment.
Do yoga or stretching. Our bodies constrict each day while we internalize stress. Stretch your body, your arms, your legs, and your back to release the tension while you absorb the peaceful quiet.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.“