Add a little silence in your busy life
Updated: May 28, 2019
We live very busy and complicated lives in modern times. I see the effect this has on people. I see the stressed and manic expressions on their faces as they rush about from one thing to the next. Everyone is doing their best to attend to the somewhat urgent matters of life.
I have found over time that simplifying my life and creating moments of silence and contemplation to be a very rewarding activity. It's a beautiful contrast to the high-tech, high-speed lives that most of us live. In doing so, I have had some of my greatest realisations and deepest moments of gratitude. It's not a complicated process, but something that most people feel uncomfortable doing at first. Of course, we still need to address any underlying views or beliefs about life that are contributing to psychological stress, but taking a little time out helps too.
Here are a few simple ways you can get started:
Take a silent walk on a regular basis. No phone, no music, just you and your thoughts in nature.
Sit outside in the sun for 10 minutes with your eyes closed.
Visit a local park alone or with loved ones. Just sit there and take it all in.
Exercise outdoors; again, no phone or music.
Before you get out of your car, just sit there for a few minutes.
Mini-mindfulness meditation. Just spend 5 minutes mindfully scanning your body and observing your breathing.
Gratitude journalling. Take 5 minutes to write several things you are grateful for today.
Wash the dishes in silence.
Enjoy a cup of tea mindfully.
Single-task (as opposed to multi-task).
You get the idea. Little moments of silence and reflection scattered throughout your day. The simple things can become beautiful experiences.
Please share this post with someone you care about and comment below with any other ideas for adding silence into your life.