What if you gave yourself five minutes of silence every day?
Now, to be clear, “silence” or “quiet” does not mean the absence of noise. I’ve been in one of those rooms before – no echo, near-absolute silence where screams are barely heard. It’s creepy.
Our moments of quiet refer not to the silence out there but to the silence within. We still our souls, give mindful attention to the present, and relish the solitude.
Silence has been described as “a gift in our noisy world.” It’s not marked by absence of thought, rather it becomes “a way of knowing in itself” (Center for Courage & Renewal). Silence, quiet, and solitude become breeding grounds for compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
So, give yourself some silence today. Enjoy it. And let it open you to more of yourself.
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius
Enjoy Elisha Goldstein’s brief article on “What Five Minutes of Silence Can Do for Your Brain” (read now).