Ah, quiet. All you ever want is some peace and quiet. We’ve got to love the sound of silence. Or do we?
Strangely, it’s a sound that too many people are afraid of facing, but why? Is it tough to face the thoughts in our head? Is it too tough to sit still and contemplate?
Some people, myself included, enjoy our times of quiet. They offer opportunities to think, reflect, and become more aware of our other senses. We live in a world that constantly competes for our attention enough of the time, so why give up the few opportunities for silence?
We stuff our faces in screens and we blast the radio in the car. The second the noise and imagery is turned off we can’t handle it. Open comes Netflix, even if we have no intent on watching it. The “background noise” is satisfying, but would the time be better used alone in our head?
I’m not saying that we won’t generate our next big idea while listening to or watching The Office for the 15th time. The odds are, however, in our favor if we can give our mind a rest. If we are constantly taking things in, we have little time to deliver output. Even worse, if we are constantly taking in senseless things (drama, horror, etc.) our lives are more apt to become reflections of the noise and nonsense.
There’s a time and a place for noise, silence, and everything in between. If, when faced with silence, we default to “create more noise to avoid the silence”, we need to think about what we are so afraid of. Why are we avoiding the thoughts that might arise and the questions we might contemplate. Why are we so afraid of nothing?
Meditate. Give yourself some time to reflect and be still. Turn off the radio in the car. If only for a few minutes, give your ears a break. Tune into the world around you. It’s probably important when you’re driving anyways. Just sit. Be still. Be quiet. It will be okay.