Week Nine’s task for a Lighter More Loving You was to SSSSHHHH!! To be silent. To find 2 hours of QUIET.
No Talking, No Phones, No Nothing!
How did that go? Or is it planned yet?
Noise can cause…
- hearing impairment
- ischemic heart disease
- sleep disturbance
- changes in the immune system
- birth defects have been also attributed to noise exposure
Not to mention STRESS! Noise causes stress on our bodies and our emotional and mental health. It’s hard to be more loving when one is stressed.
Is our world noisy? YES!!! Phones, TV, radio, traffic, people!
I’d say that SILENCE will be one of the things Doctors prescribe for better health in the future…if they are not already. Dare I say, we may even have to pay for it? And some already do by going on retreats, taking vacations, going to meditation classes.
Silence is important not just for your physical and emotional health, but your spiritual health.
Anything you can do to improve your spiritual health, and this is probably the most overlooked life area as most people spend more time on physical and emotional health, will greatly increase your ability to be lighter and more loving.
SILENCE is the best pathway to
- greater INNER PEACE that carries over to all areas of your life
- increased CREATIVITY and PRODUCTIVITY
- a better UNDERSTANDING OF WHO YOU ARE
- a HEART CONNECTION with GOD
- the ABILITY TO HEAR INNER WISDOM leading you to better choices
- an ability to JUST BE YOU in any situation
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun—how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. –Mother Theresa
When there is silence there is time for introspection and to allow our true self to speak. I truly believe that with practice quiet reflection can help us reach a level of deep inner calm…The state of silence is a way of reaching another part of your mind not possible when going about your daily routine. This other part of your mind is connected in every way to the world around you and with practice you can tap into this knowledge. –Steven Aitchison
Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine…Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart? –Cardinal Robert Sarah
Have your 2 hour SSSSHHH session and then see if you can put 15 minutes in each of your days! Your future Doctor’s order! 🙂