That sound of silence doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Society as a whole, is busy, busy, busy.
Too busy to pay attention, too busy to listen to our inner self, too busy for the things that matter most. The noise and distraction is unrelenting and somehow we’ve let it become normal.
At the dinner table, you get a notification on your phone. You have to look. It’s only a second or two away from those you are sharing your meal with. It won’t hurt, right?
Of course those that you are dining with know that they are more important than whomever decided to message you. But is that what your actions prove?
Are you validating who and what is the priority in your life? What if something as simple as spending time in silence had the capability of making changes in your life? What is you made YOU your priority? Yes, it can be hard to carve out time to find peace and quiet. But you may find that the benefits outweigh the inconvenience.
Silence can help you feel less stressed and anxious. Without the distractions of everyday life, you can think more about your own thoughts and feelings. This helps you understand why you are feeling stressed, so that you can figure out better ways to handle it.
Benefits of Listening to the Sound of Silence
It can help you know yourself better. You can think and feel more deeply about yourself. This will help you understand what you need and make better decisions in life.
Your concentration can improve. By removing external distractions, you are able to train your mind to stay present and focused. When you are paying attention to the present moment you stay aware and pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Your mind can feel peaceful and relaxed.
When you disconnect from phones, TV, and other distractions, your mind has room to think of new ideas. This can help you solve problems in a different way, helping you be more creative.
The Universe cannot express through you as long as you are busy with your plans, your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek inspiration, focus the mental activity on the within, dwell in the consciousness of your unity with Omnipotence. “Still water runs deep;” contemplate the multitudinous opportunities to which you have spiritual access by the Omnipresence of power.Charles Haanel, The Master Key System, 4:22
Going into silence can have some challenges. Some of the things people might struggle with include:
- Difficulty adjusting – People can feel uncomfortable and need take the time to get comfortable with the silence.
- Difficulty with self-reflection – It may be hard to think about your emotions and feelings without help from others. This is called self-reflection and it can be challenging for some people.
- Lack of structure – Staying in silence can be hard for some people because there are no rules or structure. This means that you must make your own plan and decide what to do.
Over-work or over-play or over-bodily activity of any kind produces conditions of mental apathy and stagnation which makes it impossible to do the one important work which results in a realization of conscious power. We should, therefore, seek the Silence frequently. Power comes through repose; it is in the Silence that we can be still, and when we are still, we can think, and thought is the secret of all attainment.Charles Haanel, The Master Key System, 4:24
Going into silence can help your mind and body. It can make you less stressed and anxious and help with mindfulness and spirituality. If you need to concentrate better or take a break from the noise of life, it is a great idea to go into silence. It will be an amazing experience! And so will getting more information on the source of these ideas. Join the 26-week Master Key Experience class and find some true happiness, peace and joy.
Deb, you are such an incredible writer. I love your thought process, the way you pull your ideas together and how you stress that in this time of chaos, there is a simple tool we can all use to make our lives better!
Great way to explain the benefits of silence in our lives. Thank you!
I feel more relaxed just reading your blog Deb!!
What an insightful journey into something so needed in our lives.
Deb, I love the photo of the snow-laden forest road that you used for your blog image because of my felt memory of how snow muffles sound, making it so close to the “Sound of Silence” you describe. Beautiful. Thanks, too, for all the Haanel quotes that bring your points home. I’m inspired and EAGER to embrace SILENCE soon.