“Silence is a great canvass for your thoughts,” entrepreneur and musician/author Derek Sivers proclaimed. He's right. But to understand why, we need to go deeper.
We live in a world of external distractions, more annoying than the incessant ringing of our phones. According to a 2013 study, children who grow up near airports or noisy urban areas can become immune to stress-inducing sounds, impairing their ability to detect speech in conversation. Says Cornell university researcher Gary W. Evans, spearheading the study:
“even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans”
In another study, silence has shown to more effective at releasing tension than relaxing to soothing music. In fact, silence does more than release stress and tension-it literally regrows neurons. No wonder mindfulness meditation is all the rage!
Silence is golden
Silence can rewire your brain and liberate our unconscious, stoking the imagination. We can paint the silence with our thoughts and tap into the creative parts of our brain.
“As Herman Melville once wrote, “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”
Throw in some earplugs and quiet the mind so the soul can speak. Shhhhhh.