In 2007, researchers at Stanford University conducted a research study to determine the effect of music on our brains by placing people in an MRI machine as they listened to it. The researchers found that the part of our brains responsible for memory was most active during the silent pauses in each musical composition, as opposed to while the music was playing. As the brain processes all that it hears before each pause and as it anticipates the notes to come, its ability to focus becomes heightened.
If you were in a mall and could not find a store, you would walk over to a map, look for its location and then look for the “You Are Here” indicator to determine how far away you are from your destination. Silence can help you to find your “You Are Here” indicator on life’s map. It can also help to determine where you are on any given subject in life. Actually, it is the only way. [phpzon keywords=”silence” num=”3″ country=”US” searchindex=”Books” trackingid=”saduluhouse-20″ sort=”none” templatename=”columns” columns=”3″] Silence is the brief pause that occurs between cause and effect. Although we pause more often than we realize, our over-exposure to the thoughts of others throughout our day increases our need to take much longer and more intentional “pauses” to process our own thoughts. We rarely take the time to think about how the things we have heard or read have even affected us as human beings. Silence tends to be avoided by those who struggle with their inner most thoughts. From our conscious and from our subconscious mind, memories can arise that are unpleasant to face. Emotions about various subjects surface and can be uncomfortable. Know that the sooner these “voices” are confronted, the sooner they can be set in their proper places to actually add to your growth as opposed to stifling it. Throughout our day, we have various opportunities in which we can utilize silence to re-center ourselves or to effectively process the information we are exposed to. One way is to talk less and listen more. When we respond often during dialogue, we lose the opportunity to take as many pauses as possible to truly comprehend what is being said or intended by the other person. [phpzon keywords=”subconscious mind” num=”3″ country=”US” trackingid=”saduluhouse-20″ templatename=”columns” columns=”3″] Another way to take advantage of what silence has to offer is to be in a place that is completely void of ALL sound. This allows us time to contemplate lessons we’ve learned or words we’ve heard over a longer period of time, such as the last few days, months, or years. A mountain-top trip is not needed, as bath or meditation time, or even a long stroll will do. The final way in which we can greatly benefit from silence is to share what we have learned with someone else while they remain silent or while we sit and communicate our thoughts to a journal’s page to help us in processing them. One great indicator of one who is enlightened is that they listen a lot more than they speak. Enjoy the silence.
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