In this crazy world of busy-ness, the digital world that seems to be spinning out of control and pulling us along with it and the information overload that we often impose upon ourselves what can you find in silence?
Yes, silence. Remember that?
If you don’t then you are further into the swarm of information than you think you might be. I would even hazard the guess that you might even be on the road to burn out. So I am really pleased that you are here reading this!
I know that our modern world evolves around getting things done more quickly and around the clock no matter what. Automation, statistics, monitoring, evaluation and responses are all flooding into our computers and fleeting around our minds – around the clock.
What this does is tire us out and keep us in a loop of work, thought, reaction, work, thought, reaction which inevitably leads to anxiety, depression and sleepless nights creating more and more thoughts through the hours of darkness.
Are you in this place?
I have. And I have lived to tell the tale without missing out on all the news, information and updates while I discovered what I could find in silence. It really is possible!
To be able to take in more information and to work more productively, we need to clear out the junk and clear the mind to clear space for the ideas to move and flow and for additional information to fit in. But how do you get create this space?
To use all the tea from the teapot, you must regularly empty the teacup. In that, I mean that to take on more information from the world around you, you need to clear your mind to allow space for the new stuff to come in.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? So why do we just keep filling the teacup even though the tea is flowing over the sides?
Well, honestly, we have forgotten where to stop. We think that if we do stop we will miss out on something, information, news, a sale, anything really. Hence so many people are seemingly addicted to Facebook!
The thing is, there is something really simple that you can do to make space in your mind and life – short of deleting your profile on Facebook and closing down your Twitter account – you can develop some silence for yourself. Create a new habit of finding space in your day and in your mind. Finding your silence.
Your silence may be anything that involves you not thinking for a while and finding somewhere quiet to contemplate things and let go of un-beneficial thoughts. You could meditate or find a peaceful place in the park to sit and take stock. Finding your silence can be the most powerful thing that you can do and you can do it in whatever way is comfortable for you.
I find that when I am working with my clients, silence can be the turning point of the session. They can often discover their Ah-ha moment or find a realisation that changes the entire session. Silence allows the conscious and unconscious to work together to make the world a better place for you, to remove unwanted things in order to create the thoughts and ideas that will benefit you now and for the future.
It may sound difficult to make mind space when you have spent so long running around in a haze of busy-ness, but you can certainly do it and really should.
Make it a habit. Choose to give yourself the space you need and remind yourself that the more space you give yourself the better you will work, think and function. Not only will you develop your skill in going to your silence whenever you need it – for example after a very intensive team meeting or when the kids have been arguing about the TV remote.
Put an alarm in your phone to remind you of a suitable time every single day – weekends included – to take some time out to be silent and with your on thoughts. Be gentle on your thoughts as they are just that, thoughts. The process of silence if the organisation of those thoughts and information, so they need to be free to circulate in a non-judgmental environment.
And sit or lie as comfortably as you can. In silence. For at least 5 minutes.
What will you discover in your silence?
How will you benefit from finding silence? Let me know in the comments below and share your greatest achievements from finding your silence.