The modern world is indeed loud and distracting, and silence may be increasingly difficult to come by, which impairs our wellness, serenity, and inner peace, but there are many reasons to make time for silence in your life.
“All of man’s problems could be solved if he could just learn to sit
alone in a room with himself for an hour” – Pascal (1623-1662)
Silence Reduces Tension and Stress
Noise can lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks, loud noise raises stress levels and promotes the release of the stress hormone cortisol.
Conversely, silence does the opposite, promoting calm, inner peace, allowing the brain to have a rest.
Research has shown that silence releases tension in both the brain and the body.
A 2006 study published in the journal Heart reported that just two minutes of silence elicited a better relaxation response including lowering blood pressure and affecting blood circulation in the brain than listening to relaxing music.
Silence eliminates the fight or flight stress response, and instead creates calm and relaxation, which lower stress and consequently promotes healthy immunity, and reduces risks for stress related diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, headaches, and anxiety.
Replenishes Mental Resources and Restarts Brain Power
The modern world is filled with an over abundance of sensory input, which causes attention centers in the brain to become run down but you can restore them with silence.
The endless demands place a significant burden on the prefrontal cortex draining the ability to pay attention, causing mental fatigue and impairing the ability to concentrate and focus.
Silence restarts the brain and replenishes the mental resources needed to improve cognitive function. In silence, the brain gets a break, and just as a power nap restarts your energy, so silence restarts your brain.
Tap into Our Inner Selves
Meditation, daydreaming and eliminating external noise by simply sitting in silence allows the mind to wander and just be idle.
This allows us to tap into our true inner selves, to discover new ideas, and focus on and engage our thoughts, memories, and emotions.
These processes allow us to create a better state of wellness for the body, mind, and spirit by creating meaning in our experiences, promoting creativity, and providing reflection that supports mental and emotional health.
Deep reflection is gained from silence, something that can never be achieved with the distraction created by external noise.
Excessive thinking and mental stimulation stifles creativity. In silence, your mind is free to just be, which allows your creative juices to flow freely.
Self-Control and Eliminating Self-destructive Patterns
The mind produces more than 60,000 thoughts a day and more than 80% of our thoughts repeat themselves daily.
Our thoughts drive our emotions and behaviors.
This means that more than 85% of our emotions and behaviors are preprogrammed by our habitual ways of thinking.
When you do not stop to quiet the mind, you will forever be a slave to your own thinking patterns and consequent habits.
The practice of quieting the mind puts you back in control, and allows your habits to serve you, giving you the freedom of choice.
Regenerates Brain Cells
Silence can help your brain to grow, as a study that was published in the Journal Brain, Structure found.
This study compared the effects of white noise, pup calls, ambient noise, and silence on the brains of mice.
While originally the intent was to use silence as a control factor in the study, the scientists found that only two hours of silence each day resulted in the growth of new cells in the hippocampus, the brain center responsible for memory, emotions, and learning.
Although these findings are only preliminary, there is a clear suggestion that silence is indeed helpful for the brain in growing new cells, and that it may have therapeutic value for conditions associated with decreased hippocampus neuronal regeneration, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Inner Peace and Calm
Silence promotes inner peace and calm, both of which elude many in the modern world but are so necessary to promote a general state of optimal wellness. When you achieve a healthy state of inner peace your every day performance, mental state and emotional wellbeing is improved.
You are better able to handle stress, and improve your quality of life.
Inner peace allows you to achieve a new level of joy, and not from obtaining material possessions, or from external sources, but from inside yourself through a new perspective that supports harmony within your mind and spirit.
Cultivating awareness is a key solution to stress and its effects on the body, mind, and spirit.
Cultivating awareness of the present moment allows you to be so completely immersed in the “experience of the present,” that it suppresses any urge to let thoughts in that can trigger stress.
Controlled breathing, immersion in all of your senses and devoting your complete attention to the current environment and your body prevents the mind from being stuck in stress and consequently allows you to bypass its responses in the body.