“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato
Every day as we get up we are surrounded by noise of some description. The alarm clock buzzing, the shower water pouring, the radio on in the background, the toaster ejecting its toast and a message ‘ping’ coming in from your mobile. When these external noises combine with our internal dialogue it can be a noisy place to live in!
But to be a little more ‘in tune’ with our surroundings as well as feeling less stress, we need to access the ability to find silence. The overall benefit to our health and our state of mind are immeasurable.
I think we can all agree that silence is a virtue, universally. It is as old as time. Before the world succumbed to the creation and bombardment of man-made sounds, the Universe was a vast, open space – where the only echoes you hear are tranquility and stillness. The beauty of silence is that it simply “is”. There is nothing artificial or engineered about it. Silence offers an opening that cannot be immediately defined - an opportunity to take the time to unearth the mysteries and lessons that exist within all of us.
Silence, however, does not come naturally for most of us. This is so true in a modern today. I always say to budding public speakers that a great tactic to keep the audiences attention is that short pause with silence. It is such a great tool to use, because we humans are simply not used to silence. Indeed, when you think about it, we have the uncomfortable habit of filling silent gaps with superficial talk or complete nonsense. But how do we find real ‘silence’ – is it possible even?
It can be done however, and I believe that all of us should embark on small trials in the art of gaining silence into our lives.
So here are 5 ways to incorporate elements of silence into your noisy life:
Complete silence can be nearly deafening. On a trip to Egypt, my wife and I had the real privilege and experience of entering the Great Pyramid on the Gaza Plateau and descend into the king’s chamber. Here, surrounded by millions of tons of stone block work the guide turned the lights off for a short period of time. In complete darkness, the silence was so pure the only discernable noise seemed to be the sound of blood coursing through my veins. Initially I was terrified, but within minutes I felt an indescribable sense of peace.
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