Friday, June 17, 2016

Silence Can Be Golden

Quiet is a true luxury that will cost you nothing. If we all took a few moments each day to simply sit and think, without the need of background or foreground noise it would help unmuddle a lot of minds.  Do I know if unmuddle is a real word?  It is in my world, so I am using it because I know for a fact that I am not the only one who feels that my brain wants to just yell out, "Enough is enough!"  It feels muddled and when something is muddled it needs a quiet time to pull itself together; to unmuddle. (and just for the record, I looked the word up in the dictionary and for real it is a word)

Our lives are filled with the hustle and bustle of everyday living. There seems to always be constant background noise, whether it is human made or from nature.  When quietness does happen, I am always surprised at reactions going on around me.  It is almost as if they are afraid of it.  

Have you ever been in a home; perhaps your own or the one you grew up in, and the TV was always on.  No one was watching it.  It was background noise.  Sometimes music is used to block out silence and becomes the background noise.  Neither of which are bad, just something to be aware of so that there are quiet times to add within your days.  

Sometimes when two people are out together and there is a moment of silence that happens, they feel awkward, instead of using this moment to take in what each other has been talking about and actually understanding it on your level.  It helps you appreciate relating to others and hopefully have a deeper listening skill. 

Writing your feelings in a journal in silence can help you think more intelligently before you speak.  It gives you time to notice your own thoughts and to let go of those that don't serve you. Learning to feel your own body can calm your mind because it helps you find the true spirit and honesty in your heart.

Oprah Winfrey was right when she suggested years ago that all of us need to have a Gratitude Journal to write in at the end of each day about something that made us feel grateful.  It can be eye opening for some, especially if they felt as if it was a horrible, terrible, no-good kind of day.  Surely, one little thing happened if you have the courage to sit down in silence and think about it.  Silence can be golden.

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