Shhh….I know. Yes, I was going to get around the silence thing…but, well, you know, life got in the way. I’ll get to it, I promise. (did you get that?)And anyway…what did I miss?? I mean really?
Then I sat down and investigated the importance of silence–real silence as was in our assignment. Did you know that Smartphone users check their phones every 6.5 minutes, which adds up to about 150 times a day?? Silence is replaced with the harshness of communication, and solitude is replaced with social media. Yikes! Silence and solitude are becoming extinct creatures. Hummm….is that really a big deal?
I discovered it IS a big deal! Huge! We are basically a culture that assigns self-worth with productivity–gotta get that project done, meet this deadline, get the chores done, go see ‘whats-her-name’. You get the picture. BURNOUT! Solitude/silence provides the much needed break. And I thought a break would be a trip to the islands….Silence is far less expensive and no doubt more healthy even!
After reading several blogs this week, I have concluded that silence heightens sensitivity and awareness. I want that! And I read people were brought back to the present–their DMPs even!
Some sources I investigated explained that silence improves memory. Did you know that combining solitude with a walk in nature causes brain growth in the hippocampus region?? That’s in the middle of the brain and is shaped like a seahorse. Its job is to index our memories! I should build a cabin in the middle of a forest and live there. I couldn’t remember where I put my keys yesterday…they were in my pocket! See?
Silence increases self-awareness. We have learned that in this MKMMA journey. And self-awareness may be likened to a lab test; you become aware of who you are, what’s in your heart. That is good.
Who wouldn’t want this benefit from silence and solitude: Brain growth! UCLA did that research! Sitting in silence, mentally resting, improves the “folding” of the cortex and boosts our ability to process information. Silence in peaceful environment will “thicken gray matter”. I should build a BIG cabin in the woods!
My researching uncovered several other benefits of silence like mastering discomfort, bringing your mind back from distracting thoughts, emottional cleansing.
Shhhh….I know. This is all powerful and so important. It’s not just sitting without the phone, TV, etc. It’s carving out that precious time for something priceless that benefits yourself, your brain, your health, your life, your relationships.
Must close now. Time to get my hiking boots ready for my outting to a favorite path , with lots of trees, sun, sweet smells of pine needles, birds singing. I’m packing a lunch and taking lots of water. I need lots of quiet-time.
Thank you MKMMA and everyone! I am blesed.