Sometimes we have to stop and wait. There is no reason for it and we aren’t waiting for anything in particular. We are just waiting; thinking. Sometimes we stop because we are told to. We obey the laws of the land without a second thought. A simple stop sign will bring us to a screeching halt, ending our forward momentum instantaneously. No matter the reason, stopping can be the most important part of the day.
So much of life is goal oriented, chipping away each day until we reach our goals. We stress, push, and fight to accomplish our goals each and every minute of every day. If we aren’t working hard we are doing some sort of mindless activity like watching television. This is well and good; everyone needs a balance of work and relaxation. What most people don’t incorporate into their days is time to stop and think. Time where you can truly empty your mind of everything and just exist in the state you are in. Let thoughts bounce in and out of your head. Reflect on your happiness, the weather, the beauty around you; anything.
We are constantly rushing around and with the emergence of sophisticated technology that connects us all at the click of a button, we are losing silence. There is always some sort of white noise. Our time is always filled with some sort of mind numbing activity. We have forgotten how to truly be alone. We have forgotten how to think.
I say “we” as a reflection on society. That is not to say that there are plenty of people who aren’t slaves to technology who spend copious amounts of time in quiet reflection. You may think people that meditate for hours a day are psychos but in reality these people are way ahead of the game.
There are studies coming out all of the time proving the health benefits of silence. If you don’t believe me, I will post a quick and dirty article talking about just a few of the health benefits of silence and solitude at the bottom. It seems intuitive to me that silence and solitude would be a healthy daily practice but there is actually science to prove it. Amazing.
The easiest response to a message like this is to claim you don’t have time. You are in an endless cycle of responsibility and there isn’t any time for you to enjoy silence. You don’t have to go on a walk in the park to enjoy solitude and silence. I have stopped listening to music on my morning commute to work. That gives me a valuable 20 minutes every morning I can count on to regenerate my brain batteries. If you are really committed to it, you can carve out time throughout your day to enjoy the sound of silence.
People are terrified that they are going to miss out on life so their response is to rush around and do as much as possible in the short amount of time they have. This is an awesome outlook to have, but if you rush around too much, life will pass you right by in the blink of an eye. Take time to fully breathe in life and reflect on how you spend your time.
Make the most of your time whether you are flying at 100 miles an hour or crawling at a snails pace. And read this article, it is very short and will probably cause you to heavily research the benefits of silence like I did.