So this week I’ve been trying something out before work. When I get up I don’t turn on music or hulu. I know this seems silly but I like noise. I like it all the time. I’ve had it pointed out to me that its not necessarily a good thing, that I may be trying to block out some thoughts that I don’t want to deal with. So I’m giving up the noise when I need to be focusing on something like blogging or getting ready for work, there will be no background tv maybe some light music but that just depends. I’m going to try an have my first 5 min in the car be silent as well. This give me time to pray and think through my day, its nice really. I like it, so far.
Yesterday on the way home I kept the radio off for the first 5 min. It was nice but I found myself watching the clock. Another thing to get used to. This morning was easier however I had to cheat a little we had a storm last night so I turned it on listened to traffic and then turned it off for the 5 min. It was nice, it also helped me focus on the crazy traffic.
I’ve also notice that I’m calmer, weird but true could something so simple really affect me that much? I just don’t feel as rushed….hummm
This morning was hard I wanted to turn on the TV so bad this morning, I don’t know why. I don’t understand what my draw is to the noise. But I didn’t. I also learned something to help me not be tempted I need to turn off the radio every time I get out of the car.
I seem to have it more together, a little more organized. I think I’m going to like this.
2 comments on “Start with Silence”
I like to pray in the car on the way to work…the radio gets turned down and I focus on that. When I was struggling with driving anxieties it was very hard to do. The last couple of months things got better to the point I was able to do this again. It’s a good feeling.
This is a great experiment for you and for many of us. This world has gotten very engrossed in knowing everything at every minute. Our brains and bodies are wired (really) for cycles. Cycles of thinking and work and busy-ness into quiet and thought into just resting. (sleep etc) We NEED this. When we keep noise/input into our brains all the time it’s like being an adrenaline junky. Eventually it WILL catch up to you and it usually involves a “crash” of some sort. The first way it really shows up in most people is the inability to focus and anxiety. I applaud you for checking out the quiet and encouraging others to do so.