The Sound of Silence

Ahh…the sound of silence can be so sweet.

While there are many ways to relax, one of the best ways is to focus on quiet time to help your body recoup and relax.

On any given day, if you stop and listen you can hear a myriad of sounds that seem to come from all directions.  Sometimes we have the ability to drown out the noise, while on other days it becomes so intense we long for a moment of absolute silence.  We become so used to the din that we often don’t realize the effect it has on our psychological and physical wellbeing.

 

If you’ve ever been inside a school, the noise can be deafening.  You can’t wait to finish whatever it is you’re doing and head outside to a more peaceful setting.  But in fact, there is just as much environmental noise outside – it’s just that we’ve all become accustomed to it during the course of our lives.

 

Spending five to ten minutes alone in silence can make all the difference to how you feel.  Although some people find sitting in complete silence difficult to do, as with anything else it is a learned experience.

Try this simple experiment.  Find a quiet room in your home, close the door, and choose a spot in the room where you can sit down in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply.  Focus on the breathing; listen to it.  You may hear peripheral sounds coming from inside or outside the home.  Instead of trying to block them out, just ignore them.

As you continue to deep breathe, relax your body and begin to breathe naturally.  You’ll find that any tension is slowly leaving your body and you’ll feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

Congratulations!  You’ve just spent ten minutes in silence.

During the hustle and bustle of a busy day, we don’t realize how many times we could – and should – have the opportunity to enjoy the sound of silence.  The effects are immediate.  Your blood pressure returns to normal, any stress dissipates, your body loses all the tenseness associated with stress, and you enter a relaxed state.

There are other places where you can get the same effect:

  • Perhaps a walk in the park early on a Sunday morning,
  • or sitting under a shaded tree,
  • or a morning cup of coffee on the patio
  • or sitting on the beach watching the sun rise.

 

We may not be accustomed to entering a world of silence.  But even if it’s for only a few minutes, the benefits derived are immeasurable.  Give it a try, you may find the experience more pleasant that you’d imagined.

 

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