“You have two ears and one mouth, you should use them in that ratio”
A family member once said to me.
Anyone who knows me would say that’s an ironic statement given my ability to finish a sentence out loud before my brain has even started forming the first syllable internally. My relation would also see the irony in this, which is why she wasn’t saying this in reference to my skills as a ventriloquist. I could however definitely see the logic.
The thing is with logic, just because you get it, doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily follow it.
Sometimes, however, the universe has other plans, because this week I lost my voice.
6 days ago my prime form of communication decided it needed a holiday, so naturally, it made sense to dedicate this weeks Find Your Fleek Blog to why silence can lead to slow living.
Noise pollution is now getting to the level where in most cases, we don’t even see it as a problem anymore, it’s just been accepted. The beeping of car horns, background music, the ring of a mobile phone, can you remember the last time you experienced actual silence? The last time there wasn’t something disrupting your natural through pattern and invading your zen? Me neither.
It’s being said that unnecessary noise can not only lead to a raised blood pressure by raising levels of stress, but it’s also having an impact on our overall health as we release more cortisol (the stress hormone).
It’s not all doom and gloom, because research has now shown that if we can work on reducing the blare our brain cells will start regenerating the key cells associated with emotion, memory and learning and start tapping into our default mode where we daydream and problem solve.
Want a slice of the silence?
Keep reading for our top tips on finding your silent moment this week.
Cancel that noise
Grab your favourite pair of noise-cancelling headphones, pop them on and let the good quiet-times roll. (Without music obviously)
Don’t be afraid of the silence
It’s easy to find a quiet place, but harder to stay there and let yourself be. Most of us are on the go every waking moment of the day, so just sitting and letting your mind wander can sometimes be more challenging than it sounds. Be patience, resist the urge to get up and ‘do something’, just take the time to be and embrace the silence.
Practice makes perfect
If it was easy we’d all be sitting in our relaxation circles without a care in the world, not caring our phone is on silent or without that by pressing mute we might have missed that latest Love Island scandal. Finding your inner slow-living zen will take some work, so start with 2 minutes a day and build on it from there. Slow living is a lifestyle choice and a little bit a day can go a long way.
"See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... we need silence to be able to touch souls" - Mother Teresa of Calcutta -