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We fill our lives with so much noise.

When it’s quiet, we reach for the radio.  In a lull, we think of someone to call and talk to.  We often check our email and wait for that little “bling” sound, when the mail comes in.  It’s almost like sitting is silence is unnerving.  We don’t really know what to do with ourselves.

In the past couple of years, I was made aware of the fact that I don’t do that enough.  Be still.  It’s like I didn’t stop to think I had a choice.  That I could choose to stop the world I was on, step off the fast track and plug into this whole other dimension I was missing.

The sound of silence.

Why do that?

The first benefit I experienced was awe and appreciation.   I didn’t realize how noisy the world really was.  It’s always grabbing at us to get our attention.  I gained a whole new appreciation for peace and quiet especially when you compare it against the stark contrast of our bustling, daily distractions.

Secondly, to view it as a gift to myself. How often do we allow ourselves time just to think?  Think about whatever.  How we’re feeling, how we’re doing, what we need, what we’re grateful for.  Kind of just checking in with ourselves.  I heard a great quote; “if you don’t go within, you go without”.  I loved that.  We need to give the gift of time back to ourselves as it allows us to recharge, refresh and refocus.

Lastly, the benefit of the output.  As a result of giving myself time, there have been some neat revelations and realizations that have showed up for me.  I allow myself to think of goals, problems or challenges and I ponder on those.  It’s almost like putting them on a mental “To do” list and then I let them percolate.  And I wait.

That’s when something cool happens.   More times than not, I wake up in the morning usually between 4 am – 6 am with ideas and answers to things I’ve been struggling with, and they seem to pop in my head out of nowhere.  I was speaking to a brilliant lawyer and he said he does the same thing.  He goes to bed with a problem and wakes up with the solution.  I was so encouraged by that.

I can’t help but to wonder if this is happening perhaps as a result of my willingness to be still, allow myself time to think and then just to listen.

I encourage you to listen to the sound of silence too.

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