The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

When was the last time you were quiet? I don’t just mean quiet with your mouth closed. I mean quiet in your mind. Three different speakers I listened to asked me that question on the weekend. They suggested that many of us are significantly distracted because we have access to information 24/7.  We are afraid of the sound of silence because we’ll have to process experiences that have been challenging or painful.

Have you recently caught yourself being sucked into the latest news reports about positive test numbers, new government health recommendations or the ballot counting update? I have. When your mind, heart and spirit are full of ‘stuff’, there’s little space for things that really matter. The last several months have presented a great chance to re-assess our values. I think everyone would say their top priority is health – and you might not say that word specifically, but you must have good health for all these: healthy relationships/family time/kids/grandkids, serving others, enjoying nature, travelling and doing productive work.
Here’s the question to ask:

Does the information in front of me affect the choices I’m going to make today?

I’ll bet you that most it doesn’t. They move you toward stress, worry, anxiety, depression and sadness. I don’t think burying your head in the sand is the solution either, although for a period of time, it can be refreshing.

I’ll challenge you to take 2 action steps this week:

1. Set aside some time (could be just a few minutes or a lot longer) to be quiet. Turn off your screen, notifications, music, etc. I find the morning the best time.
2. Take a notebook or piece of paper and a pen with you. As thoughts come into your mind, jot them down and free your mind from those thoughts. Afterwards, prioritize those thoughts. Which ones need action now and which ones can wait?


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