We live in a culture of constant noise. The vibration of our cell phone, cars weaving in and out of traffic or our minds revving at warp speed there is noise all around us. Silence is golden. The ability to step away from what can be our norm may be a struggle. With constant static and filler it is easy to lose grasp of our thoughts and who we really are. We have heaps of individuals who do not know how to be still. Many who are petrified of down time and silence and miss out on so much substance.
Did you know that there are 7.7 billion people in the world? Billions of fellow human beings, but there is only one you. That applies to us at seventeen and seventy seven. It’s easy to settle into a routine and allow noise to be the norm.
What’s so bad about noise?
Noise isn’t always a bad thing. The negative roles in when we aren’t allocating time for our brains to have down time. When noise is incessant it can trigger anxiety as well as placing an obstacle in the ability to really know what our thoughts are and what makes us tick. Simply said, when our wheels are constantly spinning it’s tiring. Mind, body and spirit suffer. It’s inevitable.
When silence is golden….
This isn’t about sitting in an empty room for hours staring at ceiling tiles. It can be if you want it to, but let’s kick it down a notch. When was the last time you were able to sit in the car without turning on the radio? How about going for a walk or run without anything but you and your surroundings? Silence does not have to be for an extended period of time, but the focus is on time set aside for our brains to recharge. It also allows us to breathe.
First starting out this can be awkward. You will probably feel uncomfortable. Our thoughts are part of us, but do not have to constantly drive us. I believe we have too many over run by their thoughts, fears, angst. It can evoke a heap of negatives.
When we take the occasional step away from our phone, radio, tv and the million other hums and buzzes that fill our minds it holds tremendous positives.
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We’re SO busy being busy and filled with noise it’s too often part of our lifestyle. When down time presents itself we can fall into the trap of seeking out ways to fill it. If silence surrounds us it can feel like it is disarming us. Remember, there is only ONE of us on a planet of 7.7 billion humans. Being comfortable with the only us on the planet is SO important and so often underrated.
We must fight for time to breathe. We must also realize as adults we set the tone for self care, self worth for our kids and loved ones. Eyes watch us. Actions speak louder than the words we may chide about them loving and caring for themselves. Our footprints are often followed up by younger foot imprints. We fight not only for us, but our kids to be comfortable with who they are and who they will eventually become.
Today is a new day. A new week. In a world of 7.7 billion how are you doing with being the one and only you? Self care, stepping towards comfort in silence takes time. But the sooner we step forward the sooner we begin feeling comfortable with who we are and who we were intended to be. It’s pretty good stuff!
Wishing you a week of peace, love and pockets of silence:)