Silence: the relative or total lack of audible sound. By analogy, the word silence may also refer to any absence of communication, even in media other than speech. Silence is also used as total communication, in reference to non verbal communication and spiritual connection. Silence is also referred to no sounds uttered by anybody in a room and or area. Silence is a very important factor in many cultural spectacles, as in rituals.
Ahh silence….it can be nice, right? If we ever get it. Beyond actual physical silence, how much mental silence do we get? Not nearly enough. Anyone who has tried to meditate can attest to this. I have found it takes at least 20 minutes of silent meditation for my mind to actually get silent. What happens during this 20 minutes?
Did I lock the door? Was he being condescending? Should I get apples at the grocery store? Do my dogs enjoy news radio as much as I do? You name it, I will think about it. A consistent meditation practice really helps quiet my mind, but the key word is practice. It takes time to get into it and I go through phases myself (I learned TM this past January and it really has changed me for the better). When I do have a solid practice, boy oh boy do I feel the difference. I highly recommend.
I wanted to share the following helpful tips to attain silence from Leo at Zen Habits:
- Prefer subtraction over addition.
- Learn to be content with little, or nothing.
- Realize that silence is beautiful.
- Find yourself in the empty space that results.
- Empty a room, and put almost nothing back except that which produces quiet.
- Speak less, listen more, contemplate even more.
- Walk in silence. Watch the leaves quiver, fall in silence, whisper in the wind.
- Sit and do nothing. Listen to your mind make noise in the silence, allow it to subside.
- Eschew video, iPods, books, the Internet, mobile devices, social networks, and other purveyors of noise.
- Be quiet, so that life may speak.
Have you ever contemplated starting a meditation practice? Now is as good a time as any. According to the Chopra Center, studies have shown that it takes 21 days of consistent behavior to change a habit or create a new one, such as establishing a regular exercise routine, eating a healthier diet, or taking time each day for self-care. In just 21 days, you can also establish a fulfilling meditation practice that will give you a lifetime of rewards.
Oooh la-la how about trying the Chopra Center 21 Day Mediation Challenge!! Sounds kinda cool…maybe it’s that meditation jump start you need!
I challenge you to start a new routine. Start something anything that FEEDS your soul! Meditation, exercise, knitting, hiking, cooking, volunteering – the list goes on. You decide.