Give Peace a Chance
It is more than a 1969, Plastic Ono Band song, by John Lennon, it is the cry of your weary mind and body.
Peace, silence, quiet and tranquility offer your body and mind many benefits, and until there is peace in our mind there will never be peace anywhere else. So it’s time to overcome that fear and phrase of this generation – “Awkward silence”, because awkward or not, we need to give peace a chance.
According to PsychCentral, here are some benefits of silence in your life:
- lower blood pressure
- boosts immune system
- helps the brain cells to reproduce thus increasing learning, remembering & emotions
- prevents plaque forming in the arteries
- increases creativity by allowing thoughts & ideas to go where they will
- increases awareness in self & the environment
- promotes ability to connect seemingly disconnected threads in life
- improved sleep patterns
Because we are exposed to so much noise and chaos, intentionally choosing times of silence, like a walk outside, or turning OFF the music inside for a bit, will refresh and renew us in ways that are important and sometimes even unexpected.
I personally love to walk outside, but I hate walking on busy, noisy streets because that defeats my whole purpose for walking. I also both notice and marvel at those people outside, running or walking with earbuds or headphones filling their ears and minds as they go. I realize that people are motivated by different things as they exercise, but I just hope that somewhere in their busy day, that they find time to actually enjoy the recharge that silence brings.
Last week, after my AppleWatch upgrade, it started talking to me differently. One of the things it told me was that my environment noise levels were too high and with 30 minutes of exposure at this level, hearing damage could occur.
Maybe that’s not such a bad warning for us today. HEY! YOU’RE GONNA CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE IF YOU DON’T FIND SOME PEACE & QUIET IN YOUR LIFE ON A REGULAR BASIS.
” I have begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all it’s own.”Chaim Potok
“The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.”
Take some time to get outside, find a workout without music, or sit on the patio for a bit. All I am saying is, give peace a chance.
Cheer to you,