The Healing Power of Silence
In an increasingly noisy, hectic, overstressed word, we are missing the benefits of silence. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle bustle of life. Life can be like a roller coaster. The day begins… Quickly, get up, great ready for the day, work, work, work, grab quick meals, check social media to quickly check in with loved ones, and then spend a little times with loved ones in a state of exhaustion, repeat. Why do we do this? Are we trying to get ahead, Move up in our companies, and Buy more stuff? Why?
Science stresses the importance of silence on our brain health. A study was published in 2013 which concluded that 2 hours of silence per day promoted cell growth in the hippocampus in the brain. This part of the brain controls memory, emotion, and learning. Another study conducted in 2002, examined children’s brains. Children who were exposed to a certain noise, eventually learned to ignore the noise, as it triggered a stress response within the body. The problem was that not only did they ignore the stressful sound; they also ignored other stimuli that they should be attending to, such as speech.
Studies found that noise negatively affects task performance at work and school. It can also decrease motivation and increase errors. However in silence, the brain can restore itself.
Finding silence in this noisy world can be difficult. If it’s difficult to be still, begin small. Try spending even 5 or 10 minutes per day in silence.
Life is short. Without conscious effort, we will wake up one morning and realize that life is nearly over and we didn’t have the life experience that we would have wanted. It’s never too early to create a bucket list and to begin living out the bucket list. The time is NOW! In your silence, take time to examine life and prioritize what’s important. Are you spending time in life with what’s truly important to you? Do you know what’s important to you? If you’re not sure…unplug. Put yourself into silence. Be still. Listen to your heart.
Did you ever wonder…?
Why do we close our eyes when we pray, when we cry, when we kiss, when we dream? Because the most beautiful things in our life are not seen, but felt only with the heart.
In order to have peace and happiness, we must take time to connect with our hearts.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14