Meditation can be intimidating for those who have never practiced it. In fact, it can be downright daunting and scary. Sitting in silence, on the other hand doesn’t sound quite so formal. And, it isn’t. Sitting in silence is more like Meditation Lite. While meditation can be structured – how to do it, where to it, when to do it – sitting in silence can happen anywhere, when the urge strikes.
There isn’t much to sitting in silence except to sit silently with yourself. Sure sounds easy. Pick a place and sit there for a few minutes without talking.
For many of us, most of us, we need to fill the silence with music, television, the internet, and less often a book or journal. As a society we tune in outwardly easily, inwardly not so much.
However, we should all practice sitting in silence, since there are so many benefits.
Benefits of Sitting in Silence:
- Sparks creativity
- Calms Anxiety
- Problem Solving
- Keeps us Present
- Improves Memory
- Strengthens the Brain
- Increased Self Awareness
- Lowers Heart Rate
If the idea of sitting in a room, or outside, without any distractions like the TV, radio, internet, other people etc doesn’t appeal to you, you might benefit the most from sitting in silence.
We never unplug, our brains are always on and we’re always thinking about the future. Usually how scary it is and how we aren’t properly prepared for it. The idea of sitting alone with just our thoughts can be scary, but it’s worth trying for all the benefits it brings. In fact, if you have a problem that needs to be solved, sitting in silence may be more helpful than you could imagine. We need these moments of solitude to let our creativity flow. Sitting in silence provides that opportunity.
Sitting in silence doesn’t require any special equipment so it can be done anywhere. A comfortable cushion or pillow is really the only thing you might need. While you can certainly lie in your bed in silence, it’s too easy to fall asleep so sitting is encouraged. Sit with your legs crossed and your arms relaxed at your side. Start small. Use a timer and set it to 5 or ten minutes if this is your first attempt at sitting in silence or meditation.
Now just sit there.
If anxious thoughts creep into your head don’t let them take root. Acknowledge them and let them go, you can always come back to them when the time is up. Let thoughts float in and out.
You may experience intense emotions while sitting in silence the first few times, that’s normal. We’ve gone to great effort to shut out the silence, letting it back in can be overwhelming, it is normal and okay to feel intensely during this time.
Sitting in silence is wonderful way to get back to your essence. Start small and in no time you will master the silence.