Silence has the power to slow the mind down. Practising silence and stillness can free you from painful thoughts. It can help you hear yourself and what you really need.
Noise, technology and materialism continue to try to exert their hold on us. It is hard to silence the bombardment of advertising and the media. From the TV to radio and social media we are always available to take in the information and noise from others.
When I changed up my morning routine and decided to sit in silence whilst I ate my breakfast I realised how well it set me up for the rest of the day. I used to check social media the minute I got up and I always put the TV on for some back ground noise. I used to feel like I had to fill the silence.
But when we embrace it we turn our focus inwards and we gain the power to refuel our minds. We start to see ourselves and the world how it really is. We can fully connect to the present time.
Instead of resisting or fearing your thoughts during this time simply be aware of them. In silence we can become aware of the fact that we can control our thoughts and we have the freedom and power to choose the type of thoughts we have.
I’ve started to drive home from work without the radio or music playing. I listen to music all day at work so for the 20 minute drive home I like it to be silent. All I can hear is my own breathing and the muffled sounds of the roads outside. It is a way to decompress and forget the work day before I get home.
I urge you to find even just 10 minutes in your day where you can sit in silence if you don’t already. Whether it be first thing in the morning or last thing at night I have found the benefits to be amazing.
Activities to try to embrace the power of silence:
- Driving to and from work without the radio on
- No TV in the back ground if you are not intentionally watching something
- Turn off notifications on your phone
- Eat in silence
- Drink your morning coffee in silence.
- Write in your journal before bed in silence.
- Read a book instead of watching TV
- Go for walk’s in nature without your iPod
- Simply sit in silence by a window and take in the world outside