“Silence Is Golden.”
-Egyptian Proverb/Thomas Carlyle
Whoever said it first was Really on their shit!
When is the last time you just shut everything off for a day? A week? A month?
I’m admittedly one of those people who sometimes likes noise in my head to help shut off my most frightening thoughts lol.
I’m not saying it’s the most healthy thing to do, but I’m just being honest.
With that being said, I’m also one to take a day or two and shut Everything off…TV, radio, phone and computer.
Needless to say, the latter is much better.
A total reset of the mind, body and spirit is what we need at times and silence is a good place to start. I was just telling a family member the other day that a lot of times it’s the subtraction of things that makes a difference as opposed the addition of things.
What does silence subtract?
If you’re one who meditates, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not, don’t worry. Just sit in silence with the intent on resetting your mind.
It’s actually more difficult to do than it sounds. Try it and get back to me.
Percolate Some Ideas
Silence is where some of your brightest and best ideas can come from.
Can you remember doing an outline for a book report in school? Remember when your mom told you to turn the television off so you could concentrate?
As much as you hated it, the silence cleared your mind so you could focus on your paper and boom, you were writing.
The same will hold true in your adult life with work, study, planning, etc….
I know how much working in noise can help, but you’ve got to try this if you haven’t. Instead of working in Starbucks, try going to the library (yes they still exist).
If you’re reading this with the television on, turn it off now and focus lol.
Similar to the benefits of a physical detox, a mental detox gives you a chance to do a brain dump.
A chance to drain your brain from all the negative and trivial thoughts that can sometimes swirl around your head.
Silence will give your mind a chance to stop receiving and start processing what’s already in there.
What stays? What goes? What thoughts are needed? What Ideas can be scrapped?
Connect To The Universe
Someone once posed the question
“How do you talk to God? You pray.”
“How do you let God talk to you? You meditate.”
That always stuck with me. IMO, true meditation is not the focus on asking the universe for things or favors, but letting the silence of a meditative state take you away from the noise.
Think about the times when you’ve gone to the beach, or the lake, or the dessert, or the bathroom in an empty house and just let yourself be taken away by the silence.
I feel that’s the universe connecting with you in that quiet time.
Don’t take the power of silence lightly. It can really do wonders for your mental health. And if it can do wonders for your mental health, and the body can’t sustain without the mind….
You see where I’m going with this.
Take today to start. Try starting with a minute. Yes, 1 minute of complete silence and build from there.
I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy silence?