The world we live in is noisy. Things compete for our attention from all angles. Television, work, family, advertisements, radio, emails and more give us a steady stream of noise. Internally, your own self-talk can leave you feeling frazzled.
The thing about escaping the noise in our lives is that you have to make an effort to do it. It doesn’t happen on its own.
Why escape the noise?
If we’re constantly bombarded with ideas and information, it’s nearly impossible to be creative. Our own ideas can only surface when they aren’t being overrun by the ideas being thrown at us.
One example is taking a shower. So many people say their best ideas come to them in the shower. Naturally, I’d say, because this is one place where it’s generally quiet.
As a Christian, I’ve learned that it’s impossible to hear from God (feeling his voice directing you) without being silently in His presence.
Even extroverts need silence. Silence is like a detox for your mind- cleansing it from the toxins of constant noise.
How can you embrace silence?
On a daily basis, making sure that you have some sort of silence is crucial. For many (myself included), time in the morning with a cup of coffee in prayer or reflection is extremely helpful. Spending time away from any devices can help with this, too. If you find that to be difficult, that makes it even more clear that you need a noise detox.
Weekly or monthly, consider spending a longer period of time in silence. Spending a morning or afternoon in nature can do restorative things for a person. Embrace the here-and-now. This can be especially helpful if you are going into or coming out of a particularly busy season in your life.
No matter how it looks in your life, taking the time to embrace silence and restore your mind is such a powerful tool for creativity, mental health, happiness, and productivity in the long run.
I challenge you to plan out some time this week for a noise detox.
How do you free yourself from the noise?
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