Silence is of four kinds:
silence of speech,
silence of the eye,
silence of the ear, and
silence of the mind.
Only the last is pure silence and
is the most important.
― Sri Ramana Maharshi
There is a lot of talking going on in the world today. In fact, we are buried in the noise of words that often carry the energy of fear, anger, grief and disregard. Stepping away and releasing yourself from the grip of stress hormones that come from the verbal commotion of everyday life is well worth the effort. As much as it might be challenging to do so…
- Taking reflective, quiet time provides the opportunity to look beyond the surface experiences and helps you hear your body, your soul and God
- Silence opens your mind to inner peace by flushing out tangled thoughts that cram your brain with chaos.
- Within the silence, you have the ability to make more conscious choices and take more confident actions.
- When you take the time to commit to silence, you listen deeply to yourself and thus honour your unique perspectives. You become more aware of what matters to you.
- Engaging quiet in your outer world brings you the time to develop self-responsibility. You come to know what is in your own heart and understand your own value apart from what others might try to imprint on you.
- Do you want to bump up your immune system? Lower your blood pressure? Reduce anxiety and stress? One simple key to all of these health-related issues is ‘silence’.
- Restoring the inner silence that has been shoved into the back corner of your busy and demanding life takes some time and commitment. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. Try adding some of these practices into your life and watch how your inner self talk and your interactions with others change:
- Practice talking less and listening more deeply to others
- Take the time to respond inwardly before you make your responses to others. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What is most important to me in this moment?” Let your words be more lovingly conscious, thoughtful and slow.
- Become the observer. Take time to truly see others and to appreciate the intelligence and connections to nature and animals.
- Take a vacation from the noise by committing to less techie time – tv, phones, social media – cut yourself off from information overload by restricting your TV, phone, and social media exposure. Give yourself the gift of taking yourself out of the middle of everything that is going on in the world.
- Remove distractions and clutter in your home environment and create your own physical sanctuary of peace and silence.
- Include reflective, quiet practices into your daily routine – reading, listening to music, writing, or meditation and breathing exercises.
- Work out to release pent up energy and stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, and frustration that intrude on your ability to be calm enough to embrace silence.
- Embrace more nature. Watch sunrises and sunsets. Appreciate the beauty and essence of trees and flowers. Walk along the beach. Lie on the grass. Watch clouds as they drift by.
- Become more mindful in all that you do – breathing, eating, walking, working, or talking. Give yourself a lift up on this by using affirmations to focus and to remind yourself to act more consciously: Download my Affirmations Guidebook ; “ I am loving awareness.” (Ram Dass) or create your own.
- Breathe and become aware of each inhale and exhale. Appreciate the gift of life that each breath cycle brings.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Dass