Sunday, January 23, 2011

Easy Ways to Introduce Silence In Your Life...

There are numerous ways to introduce silence and stillness into your life. You can make a commitment to one or two days a month, as Anne LeClaire* did, or you can try one or several of the suggestions below. Use the following pages to journal your process and progress. (*See 1/11/blog posting)
  • When you are home alone, get out of the habit of turning on the television, radio, or sound system.
  • If you have little ones at home, get them involved in the practice of silence. Make it a game. “Who can not speak for 5, 10, or 15 minutes?” You’ll get a little break from the constant chattering of the kids, and they’ll learn a valuable practice at an early age.
  • When in the car alone, turn off your cell phone and the radio.
  • Eat a meal in silence. Silent eating helps you pay closer attention to your food, enhancing the sensory experience of flavors and textures.
  • Designate a certain hour or half-hour of the day as silent time, perhaps in the early morning or before bedtime.
  • Go to sleep in silence.
  • Take a walk in the woods or at a nature sanctuary — someplace far from the madding crowd.
  • When in line at the grocery store, avoid reading the gossip rags, or joining in “complaint conversation” with others in the checkout line.

These suggestions really are effortless and can make a difference in your life. Give one or two a try. And please share with me ways you have found to introduce silence in your life.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

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