As 2014 became a reality around the world, millions of people used the new year as an opportunity to create a fresh start. Resolutions were made to lose weight, find more joy and happiness, work harder, spend more time with the family, and so forth. What if, however, the most powerful resolution that someone could make is to give themselves the gift of silence?
Instead of working hard at doing more, what if we worked hard to create a stillness around us and within us to maintain calm and harmony?
Can You Even Exist in the Realm of Silence?
It’s tough to go to bed at night sometimes because of all the racing thoughts. From strategies being implemented to replaying the day’s events to see if correct decisions were made, it doesn’t take long for these loud thoughts to seep into our bones and become part of the very fabric of us. By focusing on silence, it is possible to carve out a space in the loudness and make peace. Without quiet, we can never truly be aware.
We get so used to the noise that quiet becomes uncomfortable, doesn’t it? We feel like we always need to be doing something here or there! If you can get past that initial level of discomfort that comes with a goal of adding more silence to your daily routine, then you’ll find that there are many great rewards awaiting you on the other side of quietness!
Why is Silence So Difficult To Implement?
The problem that many of us have with silence is that a focus on maintaining harmony and peace requires a disassembly of the ego to some extent. We must focus on others more and ourselves less. Instead of pursuing all of our wants and wishes and using all of the time in the day to do so, we carve out spaces of time for stillness where the wants and wishes of others become a higher priority. This softens the ego, brings us each deeper inside ourselves, and the silence here allows us to better understand what we truly want out of life.
In effect, it’s about creating the condition of inner surrender. Instead of putting up walls to defend ourselves against the outside world so we can achieve everything that we believe we must, we let down those walls and let the world come into our hearts. Instead of striving for personal happiness, the goal to make others happy becomes a priority. There are no boundaries on this landscape of silence! There must simply be a willingness on a personal level to embrace it.
Silence Helps To Focus Our Own Goals
What silence ultimately provides is the chance to look at ourselves with an outsider’s perspective. By taking a different look at our lives or even just a difficult situation, our strengths can become stronger and goals can become easier to achieve because there is a greater long-term perspective that is able to be seen. If you’re looking for a unique way to make 2014 the year where everything comes together for you, then why not set your own resolution for more silence in your life?
It’s never too late to start!