How much silence do you have in your life?
If you are even a bit like me, silence may not be that “golden” to you.
It might be something that you actively avoid…for fear of boredom, or wasted time, or out of an addiction to constantly checking all the “noisy” connector devices in our lives (e.g. cell phones, Blackberry’s Facebook etc).
Well, I am trying to overcome my aversion to silence.
I’m actually trying to embrace it.
Because in my constant need to be in touch and engaged all the time, I am realizing that I am drowning out the sound of my own thoughts. And my own creativity.
I commute every day in and out of Grand Central on a train route that has the most incredible views of the Hudson River.
But rather than enjoying the view and savoring this 35 minutes of “quiet time”, I check my email, check my Twitter, check my Facebook updates, read a book, read a magazine, etc. etc.
So I am now on an enforced “silence appreciation” mode. For at least a few times a week, I purposely keep the Blackberry in my purse, I don’t stop at Hudson News and buy the latest magazine, I keep my book club book in my briefcase…and I look out the window.
This is actually much more difficult than it sounds.
Especially for the first few minutes. I can literally hear my Blackberry calling out to me, like a Siren.
I purposely don’t put on my ipod, because I think that’s just substituting one kind of “noise” for another.
But if I can hold out for the first few minutes, and keep my eyes focused out the window- gradually I begin to relax and let my mind wander.
And slowly I find myself listening instead to the voices inside my head. Not the scary Sybil kind. The kind that open up new possibilities. Even new ideas for blog posts (like this one).
Don’t assume you are getting enough silence. Try to be more conscious of opportunities to tune out the world and tune in to your own voice.
You might just like what you hear.
That’s my point of view. What’s your twist?
Are you getting enough quiet time?