Whatever Happened To Silence? Last week I had a hearing test. It was a first for me. At one point in the exam the audiologist placed me in a sound booth. When he closed the door, I heard the click. Then came the deafening sound of complete silence. It was the most beautiful sound. I had not heard it in years. I suddenly realized how noisy my life had become. Silence was a shock. In that sound booth I felt my body instantly relax as it absorbed the peace of nothing.
As I noticed my immediate delight at hearing nothing I decided to pursue this golden rarity. After that experience my world seemed determined to fill my every waking moment with noise. I would have to come up with a plan to recreate this blissful silence, I decided.
First I Noted The Noise In My Life
- I wake up to an alarm on my cell phone.
- I brush my teeth with a battery operated toothbrush.
- I blow dry my hair.
- My car radio plays nonstop music.
- My gym plays upbeat music to inspire me.
- The sources of noise are endless.
Where Did All The Quiet Go
Why do we fear it? What would happen to us as a society if we had 10 minutes a day of compete silence where no sound could penetrate? Would our blood pressure go down or would we value spending time with each other? Would we understand our purpose in life more clearly? I am not sure what would happen, but I am sure of this. It isn’t going to happen for me unless I make it happen.
But How To Do It
I was determined to try and find 10 minutes of silence in my day. I started by turning off my phone for 10 minutes a day. I wanted to feel the deep relaxation I had found that day in the silence of the sound booth. When I drive now I leave the radio off. When I arrive home I sit in silence on my couch and just breathe. At night I walk outside without my earbuds delivery music to my brain. I search for moments of silence and am happy when I can create them for myself.
Silence Is Different
At first the silence was strange and slightly uncomfortable, but as I grew accustomed to it I found it to be an oasis of peace. It soothed my weary nerves and calmed my frazzled thoughts. Now my day doesn’t seem to work nearly as well if I don’t find my moments of silence. It is in the silence that I have found myself listening to my own desires and unspoken needs. It is a beautiful way for me to learn how to care for myself.
My hearing was perfect, but my listening is getting better everyday.
A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp