“Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.”
As we all head into a period of self-isolation or lockdown, there will be an odd sensation for us to experience, silence. Our lives are busy, stressful, continually moving from one place to another. Constantly checking our phones, calendar or emails. However, the daily activities of the world are beginning to decrease, and those periods of movement will gradually turn into periods of silence.
So how can we utilise this time effectively? How can we adapt to the silence and transform it into a period of self-reflection and learning? Well, silence is a powerful source of strength, and that is why I love silence.
Silence has been shown to offer significant health advantages that boost overall well-being. A 2013 study by the Duke University Medical Centre found that two hours of silence could create new cells in the hippocampus region, a brain area linked to learning, remembering, and emotions. Moreover, silence can decrease stress by relieving tension in the body and brain. These physiological benefits highlight the power of silence to refresh the mind and body. An opportunity which is not often available, unless if you are on a relaxing holiday.
Silence also promotes psychological and emotional benefits. Often it can be hard to find times of silence due to the jam-packed nature of life, but now that many events are cancelled, it is much easier to find the time. By simply turning off the distraction of tech devices and setting yourself aside, away from any human interaction, it becomes easier to calm the mind and restore balance.
This period of silence can allow for creativity. As a writer, I often find that ideas come into my head, and I am more productive when I am in a silent room with no distractions. That is precisely what I’m doing now. I am sitting silently, allowing for my thoughts and ideas to grow and build as I write.
Silence also allows for periods of reflection that is beyond mere introspection. It promotes the ability to piece things together in an increasingly disconnected world. We are all constantly absorbing information, but rarely have the opportunity to adequately acknowledge, reflect and act on the information we are provided. Whether it be realising certain broken aspects of a relationship that need mending or parts of your job which you think could be improved, periods of reflection allow you to have direction into the future.
There are many ways to utilise the times of silence. Whether it be remaining in bed for a couple of minutes each morning and reflecting on your day’s ambitions or lying in bed before you go to sleep reminding yourself of what you are grateful for, these few moments of silence can have profound impacts. Furthermore, meditating is another way to entertain silence. This doesn’t have to include the stereotypical cross-legged sitting, firm posture looking out into the distance but can simply involve sitting outside with no distractions and letting your mind flow.
Silence can be scary and nerve-wracking. Being alone with your own thoughts can be a frightening place. However, we all now have the opportunity, and a very rare opportunity, to reflect on our own lives, mend relationships, and clear a path for the future. As silence is full of answers.
Article 11 of the ‘Why I Love…’ Series – https://thelevinelowdown.com/why-i-love/
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