Think about it. When is the last time you sat in complete silence? The world is a very noisy place today. From television and radio to Ipods and Pandora selections (and a million other electrical sounds) we are rarely in the presence of a quiet environment. The word used to describe loud noise is “cacophony” and since the invention of the electrical outlet, the air has become filled with all kinds of noises. Truth be told, a walk in nature has its share of noises too, mostly birds and perhaps some frogs and let us not forget the wind or the claps of thunder. Yet nature has its quiet times too. Electronic environments do not. All of this high tech world noise tends to have an ever-increasing negative impact on your nervous system, which, at times, craves quiet solitude, also known as homeostasis. Periods of quiet are good for the brain. These same periods are also good for the heart and soul.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Some people are afraid of silence. They turn the TV or radio as the first thing they do when they walk into their house. Some even fall asleep with the TV or radio on. Silence is your friend, learn to make it so. If you have never sat in silence for 10 to 15 minutes at a stretch, this may feel weird, but give it a try today. Become aware of the level of noise in your life you are one step closer to achieving inner peace. Learn to find comfort in moments of silence. And when you can learn to silence the ego for these moments you are living the art of silence. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Links and Books Worth Noting:
Here is an article from Psychology Today on the Power of Silence:
Here is another article on the Power of Silence: Enjoy!
Quote for the Day:
“I have begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn form it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” — Chaim Potok, author, The Chosen
Photo for the Day:
Today’s image is a photo I took while on vacation in Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. It’s a magical place with beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The only sound is the gentle ocean surf, and even that is quiet. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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