Finding inner peace and contentment(2) Embracing silence: People either love silence or feel very uncomfortable in its presence. Have you ever experienced discomfort when you found yourself among a crowd or with an individual and conversation had ceased? I personally am not usually stuck for words, however I have experienced that uncomfortable feeling while in company on occasion.
Ive also spoken to people who feel very lonely and they like to have a radio or TV switched on in the background just to fill the silence. We live in a busy world of hustle and bustle, machinery, construction, phones, sirens etc constantly filling the air with noise.
In contrast I love alone time and I thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet while Im meditating, however it did take a bit of training to get to the point where I was very comfortable with my own thoughts and in particular, the spaces between my thoughts. Silence is necessary to allow us recharge our batteries and remove tension and anxiety. To reacquaint us with our true selves we need to sit in silence regularly, this also helps us creatively.
My challenge for you this week, is that you attempt daily meditation, remembering that there is no such thing as bad meditation. The sheer act of sitting in silence is therapeutic for the mind and body. Whether you use guided meditation or not, any silent time spent will benefit you and those close to you.
At first you will likely struggle with wondering thoughts, however you will overcome this with time, the more you practice the better you become. The practice of meditation helps keep you immune to any negative energy around you by creating an imaginary shield. When you’re at peace you radiate a different kind of energy than when your stressed or anxious.
My preference is morning meditation, however one can mediate at any time of the day and as many times a day as one wishes. Choose an appropriate place where you’re least likely to be disturbed and perhaps aim for 5 minutes then gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable and practiced.
My personal favourite guided meditation is with Oprah Winfrey and Deepok Chopra. Click Chopra for the next free 21 day mediation about taking back your power, starting 4/11/2019.