Are You Afraid of…the Silence?

One of the most powerful healing things you can do for yourself is to surround yourself, if even for just a few minutes a day, with silence. In a world consumed with quick, costly “fixes,” there’s something we can all so easily find and benefit from (physically, emotionally, psychologically), it’s free, and yet many of us are…afraid of it!

I used to be one of those people who feared silence. I woke up in the morning, and immediately turned on my television. When I got home from work, the first thing I did was turn on my television. It’s not that I actually watched anything a lot of the time, it was just comforting to have some form of noise in the background. Writing this, I can’t believe that there was a point in time (and a long point in time) in which I actually wanted noise.

I can’t attribute my silence appreciation to one particular thing. I did get rid of my cable, but before that, I began meditating, and learning about the Tao. Silence (or attempting to achieve it) can be, at first, a bit overwhelming. And by silence, I don’t just mean a silent room or space, although that’s a wonderful start. I’m talking silencing your mind, controlling your thoughts so that they focus on just one thing at a time. As you might imagine, that can be extremely difficult. I must say though, the more you meditate and enjoy periods of silence, the easier it will become.


I didn’t just jump right into silence, but instead used guided meditations which very quickly helped me to see the benefits of calming my mind, floating into the silence, not worrying or thinking about the past or the future…living and breathing in the now.  It’s a mental renewal every day, and the benefits are evident on a daily basis…patience, less stress, less fear, confidence in tackling everyday problems, better sleep, more energy, positive outlook, and the list goes on. So often, we let everything accumulate in our minds…problems from months ago that may have already been fixed, but for whatever reason, still rent space in our brains. Enjoying silence through meditation helps you to let go, to leave the past in the past, and live in the present, to slow down, to treat yourself to relaxation and rejuvenation.

Silence and meditation allow you to be alone with your thoughts, but in a good way, a productive way. So often our days are spent worrying about our problems, wondering how on earth we’re going to get everything done that “needs” to be done, stressing about the past, present and future, mentally preparing our every move, always trying to be one step ahead, but rarely enjoying where we’re currently standing. Before we know it, yet another day, week, month and year have “flown” by. But why have they flown by? Because we didn’t take the time for ourselves, to be alone with our thoughts, not the superficial “To Do List” thoughts, but deep thoughts, the kind that cause our spirit to reawaken and find its purpose. We didn’t take the time to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Silence truly is golden. It can slow down the hands of time. It can benefit your well-being in ways you never would have thought. It can heal you. Silence can be your own personal therapist…if you’ll let it.

~Carolyn

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. awindowofwisdom
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 23:15:50

    I always say that when you can stand to be alone with your thoughts you have found inner peace… Great post!

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    • Simply Om
      Sep 26, 2012 @ 07:10:30

      Thank you. 🙂 And what you wrote is so true. It’s even a bit scary at first. What I like though, is that I’m so much better at controlling my thoughts…when I’m not meditating.

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  2. originaltitle
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 05:15:28

    I used to have a very hard time with silence as well. I haven’t been able to create a meditation schedule yet, but when I do get the chance to meditate, usually after yoga, it’s glorious. I now wake up early so I can have some silent time before the day gets going. It’s not meditation, but it is some really nice silent writing time. Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to look into the link you provided 🙂

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    • Simply Om
      Sep 26, 2012 @ 07:08:27

      I’m so glad to hear it. 🙂 I, too, wake up early…at 5:40 to be exact. I was NEVER a morning person so for me to get up that early just to have my “me” time, is pretty insane.

      Thank you for your sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. bookpeeps
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 10:26:06

    Wonderful post. It can be so difficult to calm our monkey minds. As you so perfectly pointed out just making the effort to take the time to sit quietly for a few moments is a perfect way to begin. Don’t be discouraged by the inner “noise”…in time it will dissipate. Thanks for this!

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    • Simply Om
      Sep 26, 2012 @ 07:04:18

      Thank you for your kind words, bookpeeps! And awesome advice, because as you stated, it does become easier and easier to calm our minds, the more we do it.

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  4. sameetah
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 09:13:09

    hmmm !well i am a kind of noise loving person feel but now onwards after reading your blog i got a thought to try silence and i will it 🙂

    Reply

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