Sounds surround us every day: radios, televisions, iPods, telephones, children, bosses, coworkers, vehicles, dishwashers, toys, and even our own minds.
Each day our senses are bombarded with a variety of sounds. Some sounds become so familiar that we don’t even know they’re there. Other sounds are jarring and easily break our concentration.
We have become so accustomed to noise in our lives that silence actually unnerves us. When was the last time you jumped in the car and turned off the radio? Have you ever considered sitting on the couch without the television or game system on?
Shutting out the Noise
Some sounds are pleasant – a baby’s cry at birth, children laughing, birds singing, crickets chirping, or music. Some sounds are not – alarm clocks, trucks grinding to a halt, squeaking brakes or door hinges, or someone having a temper tantrum.
I’m sure if we sat quietly long enough, you would agree that a part of you longs for moments of silence. A mother longs for the moment when the children are in bed and asleep. Perhaps some reading this article have deliberately scheduled quiet time into their day to pray or meditate.
Sometimes the silence itself seems to scream as the things we’ve experienced over the course of the day cascade in around us, taking up the space of the outside noise. But we all need these times. Our senses need a chance to de-stress too. Our minds need those opportunities to process what we’ve heard, seen, or learned, and then to rest.
It is so much easier to keep our lives filled with noises and sounds than it is to sit in silence with our own thoughts and feelings.
De-Stressing with Silence
Tatyana Gann, an online marketing mentor, on her website www.globalmentormarketing.com, describes the importance of silence this way: “It is about learning how to isolate yourself and connect with yourself for a few minutes a day. It is like turning off the switch button for a few minutes and recharging.”
For Tatyana, there are seven reasons why silence is important:
1) Silence allows us to reflect upon ourselves and our purpose in life