Just yesterday I heard that our brains need silence for at least two hours a day. Apparently, silence enhances memory, stimulates brain growth, relieves stress, helps us sleep, and makes us more sensitive to things around us.
Right now I am in a quiet place. The only sounds are the air conditioner running, a fan, and the gentle click of my keyboard. Full disclosure, I rarely seek out silence. I turn the TV on early in the morning, and often have it on all day. In the car I listen to the radio. When I walk my dogs, I am constantly talking, to urge them along, to praise their good manners, to give a little reprimand.
No, silence isn’t something I seek often. I know all the noise keeps me from hearing what I think, and keeps me from fully feeling my emotions. Far too often, the distraction of noise is what I want, even need. The noisy distraction keeps me from feeling alone and vulnerable. Noisy distraction keeps me from noticing the empty places in my life.
Yet sometimes, I do seek the silence. The silence I seek isn’t just an absence of sound, but the absence of any distraction. I unplug from the TV, phone and other devices. I can read in silence, but that fills my mind. No, the silence I seek makes no demands upon my attention, and leaves my mind free to explore its own thoughts.
This is the silence that helps me puzzle out my problems, and find solutions. The quiet that brings thoughts of those I love. The silence that reveals my hopes and dreams. The silence that brings peace, where my own thoughts are revealed and creativity is born.
A thought occurs to me. What if I awake in the middle of the night to just have a little silence to think, find peace and creativity?
May you also find rest, peace, and creativity in silence.