We live in a loud and noisy world. And I’m not just talking about the constant background noise of television, radio or your favorite playlist.
Our lives are full of noise. Whether it’s the kids calling, the phone ringing, the demands of work or your to-do list constantly running through your head, there is constant and unceasing noise.
When your world is noisy, it can be hard to find the time and space to think. To be open to inspiration. To discern the next best steps in life.
Enter the importance of silence in this loud and noisy world.
Silence gives you the opportunity to pause and simply be. To slow your thoughts so they stop bouncing around in your head and actually land into some semblance of clarity. To let go of the to-do list long enough to be in touch with who you want to be. To take off all the hats you wear and reconnect with who you are.
The Importance of Silence in your Daily Life
When you give yourself the gift of silence on a regular basis, it gives you a chance to slow down and catch up with life. It gives you a chance to connect with self and self-love. So this week we are exploring the importance of silence in your daily life and how to begin building it in as a regular practice.
Silence is incredibly beneficial. Spending time in silence reduces stress and increases focus. It helps you to find yourself amidst the busyness of your life. To feel like a human being instead of a just a human doing.
Building it in as the first discipline of our Year of Transformation is an important first step.
Silence Can Be Scary
When you are used to a life filled with noise, the idea of silence can be scary. When you are using the noise in your life keeping out the truth you’ve been avoiding, the idea of silence and what you might have to finally acknowledge in that silence can feel downright terrifying.
Letting it all in, letting what you have avoided land inside of you, is an idea you are likely resisting. It probably means facing parts of your life that you prefer to ignore. The parts that don’t feel good. But for as long as you are resisting it, you are resisting stepping fully into your life. The gift of silence is a gift of allowing it to move through and out of you. Letting go of what no longer serves you so that you can step fully into living life on your own terms.
A Practice of Daily Silence
When you carve out time every day for silence, it gives you the gift of time. Time for what needs to move through you. And then time for your full creative spirit to simply be. To show up fully in your self. To rest. To be.
If you don’t already have silence as part of your practice, your invitation today is to carve out this time daily for yourself. Here’s how to get started:
- Carve out time every day for yourself. 15 minutes is all you need to get started. Just 15 minutes a day.
- Choose the same time every day. Building a routine works best if you choose the same time every day. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning. Make time for yourself right when you get home from work before the busyness of your home life takes over. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier. Just make it consistent.
- Decide what silence is for you. It might be walking outside, going for a swim, or sitting on your own. The key is silence here. So, listening to music on your phone while you’re walking or watching a guided meditation on YouTube don’t count 🙂
- Get started. You can get started now. Just finish this blog post and then find a quiet corner to be with yourself for a few minutes.
- One last tip. Talk with your resistance. As you’re reading this, there are probably little voices starting to stir. They are saying things like ‘but I don’t have time for this’ or ‘do you know how much I have to do every day’ or maybe even ‘what’s the point? this feels like a waste of time.’ That’s OK! Talk with your resistance. Dig deep to find out what it’s covering up. Reassure yourself that this is important and that you are going to do this for yourself.
Ready to get started? I’d love for you to share what came up for you over on my Facebook page.
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