Listen to the Quiet. Discover What It Can Do
By Sandy Schroeder
Shhh! What's that sound? Could it be absolute silence? Most of us live with a constant mix of noise and having complete silence can be startling. Gradually we accept the noise around us and tune it out, but when we do step away to find a quiet spot the difference is very real.
When I take quiet breaks to meditate in the morning, walk in the park in the afternoon, or listen to the quiet at night, I think better and feel better. My mind and body have a chance to recover and spring back.
The Cleveland Clinic suggests taking some time to be quiet and see what it can do for you. When you can, let the mind roam reflecting on life and daydreaming about the future. Later, problems may seem simpler and work may move faster.
At the same time, the body can benefit from quiet moments, as some of the daily stress lifts to help.
- Lower blood pressure
- Ease muscle tension
- Slow the heart rate
- Calm your breathing
- Improve focus
Quiet can help the mind and the body operate more smoothly. Experts say quiet can give us a better view of who we are, what we want and what we need.
- We may become more creative
- Our thoughts may be productive
- Our relationships may be more rewarding
- Our ability to communicate may sharpen
If this view of silence appeals to you, start thinking about adding more quiet spots in your life and that of your family's. Here are some things to try.
Quiet times right before bedtime - Help everyone relax and let go of the day as you sit and listen to music or read stories with your children.
Early morning pauses - When you first get up before everyone gets moving, take your coffee out on the patio and watch the birds move among the trees.
After lunch lulls - Dine outdoors if you can and then enjoy the sun and the breeze as you contemplate the world around you or sit and read.
Afternoon breaks - Step away from the commotion of work or family as you sit quietly and use breathing exercises to calm your world.
Late at night - After everyone has gone to bed listen to the quiet and let your thoughts flow in a short meditation as you prepare for a good night's sleep.
However you define silence, make it work for you and enjoy the difference.
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