Lately I have noticed how noisy the world is, it never seems to stop! The other day I was trying to think of the last time I just sat in silence and to be honest I don’t remember. To sit with nothingness, no phone, no radio, no music, no television, no computer, no sound at all.
I think that most of us haven’t done that…ever and maybe it’s time we did. To be able to sit in silence, to try and not even have a thought in your head is really hard. Even though I have been doing a meditation a day for over a year I am still listening to the meditation teacher, so really not sitting in silence. When I do my mind continues on without any prompting from me.
We are constantly bombarded with noise which distracts us. If we can eliminate the noise we can improve our awareness and be able to self-reflect. This can give us the ability to figure out if life is working the way we want it to.
There are a number of studies that show that silence can stimulate brain growth, can reduce stress levels, can enhance sleep, lessen insomnia and relieve tension. So why do we want to continually have noise around us?
Some people feel they work better when listening to music or work around the noise of colleagues, but I know I have found that if trying to finish a report or a piece of writing this can be not only annoying and unhelpful, but put my brain on another trajectory all together so that I never get it finished or it takes twice as long.
So some time in the next week maybe give sitting in silence a try. Who knows it may help relieve any stress you may have, make you more creative, cultivate a bit of calmness to your day, make you feel more peaceful and help you to focus better on the tasks that you have to accomplish on that day.
“There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that comes from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.” Deepak Chopra