Updated: Nov 15
Have you ever felt like you can’t even hear yourself think?
We are bombarded all day long with other people’s thoughts, opinions and the problems of the world.
All this noise makes it very difficult for us to hear our own thoughts, to form our own opinions and tap into our body, mind and spirit to guide us.
Taking time for silence is not a “if I have time” but a must for your health and mental wellbeing.
Carving out at least 10 minutes of silence each day will go a long way toward your health and wellness.
Listen in or read on below for how silence may benefit you.
Improves Your Productivity
Stepping away from something you can’t figure out often allows your mind and brain the time to work through different scenarios and come up with viable solutions.
I was a computer software developer for 34 years and I often easily resolved programming problems I was working on when I stepped away. I used to joke that I did my best programming in the shower or while I was driving. I joked, but honestly it was true!
How many times has the answer you needed for an issue come to you when you stepped away, rather than just pushing through, and not giving up until the issue was resolved?
Often stepping away gives you a quicker and possibly better resolution.
Provides a Much-Needed Break from Tech
One of the biggest sources of noise is our cellphones. One statistic I saw said we check our phones about every 6.5 minutes which equates to around 150 times per day.
That’s crazy! We are a prisoner of our phones and all the information and disinformation they present us.
Now let’s add in Television. Another statistic I saw was that people on average watch 5 hours and 11 minutes of TV per day.
Now if you add 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 8+ hours of work that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time left in your day for anything else.
Our phones and the TV are shaping our thoughts. And we didn’t even get to the time we spend on the computer.
When will you have time to sort through and decide what you believe to be true from what you are seeing and or hearing on your phone and TV?
Taking moments of silence to let your brilliant minds and brains process the information is crucial. Not just believing everything you see and hear to be true.
Your intuition, if given moments of silence to weigh in, will let you know.
Improves Your Communication and Connection with God
Running around doing all the things and constantly being busy is the norm and seems to be a badge of honor.
But when we are busy and doing all the things, how can we hear from God? How do we know what He truly wants us to step up and do? Perhaps He is giving you the answer of what might be necessary to do for your health issue, about your job offer, how to repair that relationship or even your purpose while here on Earth, but you can’t hear Him.
Taking intentional breaks of silence to ask God questions and listening may give you the answers you have been looking for.
Make sure you ask about those things you saw on TV or your phone too. ;) You’ll get some great insights. I know I do!
I was reminded of the necessity of silence this morning as I took my walk. I take a walk in silence each morning with my cell phone on airplane mode.
I also take a couple 10-minute breaks throughout the day to deep breath and meditate on scripture. This helps me with my connection to God and to hear from Him.
How do you like to fit silence into your day or is this something you may be more intentional about?
Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an
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Live life empowered!
To reap the benefits of practicing more moments of silence, this free guide for mindfulness may help: 7 Easy Mindfulness Practices to Ease Your Stress
Sheri Johnson is a certified Transformational Holistic Health, Wellness and Life Coach in the Central Florida area. She believes everyone deserves an amazing healthy, balanced life, full of energy and feeling fantastic! When you get back on track in life and feel like yourself again then you can easily step into who you truly want to be, living out your purpose, passion and what you were called here to do.