By Lauren Denos: 5/31/2015 (Mindset)

True Silence is the Rest of the Mind, and is to the Spirit what  Sleep is to the Body, Nourishment andrefreshment.
  ~ William Penn

Our society has become so accustom to constant noise. Many people are in a loud work environment or listen to music all day, then go home and turn on the TV until they go to bed. When there is that much noise constantly going on, how do you expect to hear yourself think? We are over-stimulated. In this world, it has become second nature to just leave the TV on 24/7. This is because we are so over-stimulated we don't even really know what quiet time is anymore.

Why is Silence Important? Well...

#1 Silence is where you can find the answers to questions and problems you have. Have you ever had problems that you cannot seem to find answers to? One of the problems is that you have no time to look at it from a distance. When you are in the thick of it, it is hard to see that there is any solution to be had. When you take time to calm down and have some quiet time like a walk or sitting at a park bench, you have taken yourself away from the places that the problem exists in the first place. This quiet place, preferably outside of your workplace, then allows you to take a step back. As a result, things become so clear and solutions suddenly seem so obvious.

#2 Silence is where you can let your mind relax for a bit. We are in such a busy world. We are rushing to and from work, to get the kids to soccer practice, to a night out with friends, etc. Even if you are doing stuff that you really enjoy, that much constant push can cause a bit of overwhelm. When you get some quiet time in it gives your brain a chance to declutter. This will keep you fresh for all the great activities you want to do without getting stressed out.

#3 Silence is where you learn to enjoy your own company. Many people do not like silence because they are not really happy with themselves. The silence helps you become happier with your own company. You are the one person who is guaranteed to be there for yourself until the day you die, so why not get to where you can love your own company? When you get to this place, you realize you are good being by yourself. You then no longer have the neediness to have people around you all the time. You have people around you because they are quality people and because you enjoy there company, not because you simply cannot be alone.

How To Be in Silence:

You can play it by ear or schedule quiet time in each day. Maybe it is in the morning before your kids get up. Maybe you go for a walk in the park after work before you go home. There is no right or wrong. Do what time works for you, but be honest with yourself. If you are the kind of person who will put it off if it is an open time frame, then schedule it instead.

Do what works for you. If you do not have to sit and meditate, you can go on a walk or sit on your front porch and enjoy a cup of tea. It is whatever works best to give you that quiet time. I personally go on walks. Being outside and movement is what lets me relax my mind. Whenever I have a problem that needs to be solved, or I feel like I am in a funk, I go on a walk and always come up with a solution or a better mood. If I have a day with a lot of problems, I may walk a few times that day. Again, there is not right or wrong. It is whatever works for you.

I know you have a busy life, we all do, and it is tempting to just ignore the need for a brain reboot. But this can make a difference of whether you are refreshed for your day and whether you will have more stress in your day or enjoy it more. Test it out. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes and you may wind up finding a better way of getting to know yourself, deal with stress and solve problems.



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