What disturbs our inner silence in life

How to find inner silence in a noisy world

Last update: August 31, 2020

Inner silence is an ancient concept that is attracting more attention today. To understand what it's actually about, let's first think about the constant noise in the world. It doesn't just mean the loud noises we hear in the city every day. It is also the many other elements that prevent our peace.

There is both inner and outer silence. The latter is the absence of noise, the glorious state in which all noise disappears. Inner silence, on the other hand, is the subjective state in which there are no elements that disturb our peace.

Both the inner silence and the outer silence have a positive effect on the brain. The absence of noises and stressful stimuli promotes a unique type of relaxation. This lack of sound invigorates, clears the mind and softens our emotions. There is nothing like the silence to renew ourselves.

"All of mankind's problems stem from man's inability to sit alone in a room."

Blaise Pascal

The inner silence and the contact with ourselves

We humans have to face the infinite stimuli to which we are constantly exposed every day. The most worrying thing about this is that a good deal of these stimuli make us feel urgent and pressured. Even before we get up in the morning, we already have a thousand things on our minds to worry about.

Plus, technology steals much of our time maybe because of our work or because we became addicted to social media. Social media create spaces in which contacts can be made and communicated. Unfortunately, we constantly feel the urge to check them out for new content and messages.

In such situations it is practically impossible to establish healthy contact with ourselves. Because in order to achieve this, we would have to create a space for inner silence, which in turn means that we would have to reduce the intensity of the environmental stimuli as much as possible and take time to return to and deal with our own thoughts and emotions. And we cannot do that while “educating” ourselves about the lives of others.

Live in a noisy world

Inner and outer silence are closely related. Today we are exposed to more stimuli than we were a few decades ago. Outside noises constantly demand our attention. A loud siren, a loud motor or the sound of a new message on our cell phone. It all happens too often. There is hardly any time for rest.

Sometimes we feel like we should run away to where there is no sound. We perceive these places as peaceful. However, it is not always possible to allow some time for ourselves due to our daily responsibilities.

We don't even have to start with yoga or meditation, even if that would be a good idea. We only have to do one thing: reduce the stimuli we are exposed to.Let's stop pledging ourselves to do whatever society tells us to do and get down to the essentials.

Listen and get in touch with ourselves

If we don't create moments of inner stillness, we tend to be tense. And over time that tension turns into suffering. We then have pain and we cannot live like this in the long run. To get out of this state we need to learn to set boundaries for ourselves and control both the stimuli around us and the unnecessary obligations we impose on ourselves.

One of the limits we have to set in this world is technology. We spend too much time online, constantly checking our email and other messages. We think these things are important. But they are not. They steal precious moments from us and don't allow us to listen to ourselves.

There is nothing wrong with thinking about what the real gains from social media are in our lives. We may find little or no pluses, which can motivate us to stop checking them for new messages as often.

Inner silence helps us understand what our body is telling us: to discomfort, pain, pleasure. We need this silence to rediscover ourselves and to recognize our thoughts and feelings towards life. Inner silence is a gift that we shouldn't deny ourselves.

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