This season has many demands on our time, attention, and body. Office parties, work deadlines, family get-togethers, shopping, cooking, driving, flying, etc. The irony of all of this is that this season is begging us to slow down, turn inward, and restore ourselves.
I read an interesting article awhile back about the nourishing and healing effects of silence. There are now scientific studies that show the effects noise has on the body over time. Increases in the release of stress hormones, high blood pressure, and tinnitus. The studies also show how silence can reduce our stress hormones and even out our blood pressure.
The most interesting part was discovered by accident when studying the effects of music on our bodies. The two-minute silences between musical pieces were significantly more effective at reducing stress symptoms than the longer stretches of silence before the music began and the relaxing musical pieces designed to reduce stress. What was important was the contrast between noise and silence, not the length of the silence. This is good news for busy people.
Many of us have a busy and family-filled couple of weeks ahead of us. For others, our jobs or family obligations have brought us extreme volumes of noise. If you are finding yourself in need of a noise break, invite some silence into your life. Go for a walk at night through the neighborhood, shut off the television an hour before bed, put down your phone or tablet, and read a book, write in a journal, or just stare up at the night sky.
Silence allows us to reconnect with our Spirit, our intuition, our creative spark. If you have been feeling drained or depressed, look inward to realign you with you. Bringing a sense of peace and confidence for the journey ahead into 2020.
Wishing you a little peace and silence each day this month.
PS: A Special Offer for the New Year
I am offering a workshop in Portland, Oregon on January 4, 2020 called Vision2020. A Workshop for Planning and Aligning with Your Vision for 2020
Join me for a meditative and contemplative workshop to bring your energy into alignment with your planned growth.
We’re going to mingle the practical with the mystical.
- Engaging our left brain with our right.
- Asking our guides for their insight.
- Aligning our energy to our new direction.
We’re going to set our inner compass and set sail into a magical 2020.