Do You Need A Quick Refuel?
We live in an increasingly noisy world. The constant drone of traffic, household appliances, leaf blowers, television and sounds in public places is difficult to escape. Yet doing so could be essential to our well-being: the power of silence is scientifically proven to be a great source of strength.
Remember Billy Joel who over the years produced numerous top 40 hits? I heard him describe in an interview how before going on stage, he would always escape for 10-15 minutes of quiet. It was his outlet from band drama in order to find his concentration, creativity and calm before performing.
Silence offers opportunities for self-reflection and daydreaming, and time to turn down the inner noise and increase awareness of what matters most. But it also has physical benefits. Calm, quiet moments can also ripple into a part of the nervous system that helps shut down our bodies’ physical response to stress. In turn that means silence can help: 1) Lower your blood pressure; 2) Decrease your heart rate; 3) Steady your breathing; and 4) Reduce muscle tension. You don’t need to have a formal meditation practice to find quiet time. Instead just try one of the following: 1) Have your morning coffee without a device or reading materials 2) Look out the window instead of your phone the next time you’re a passenger 3) Walk by yourself and listen to the natural noises around you Just take advantage of those quiet moments throughout the day and your mind and body will thank you for it.
This Week's Focus:
This week, make the time to enjoy the power of silence. Even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes, experience the resulting mind and body results.
Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!