in my second book, Life Is Conscious, I write about today’s fast pace and the added stress that comes from noise pollution. Noise pollution adds stress and diminishes well-being, but it can also reduce ability to focus, often making communication difficult (even within a household.)
Reduction of outside noise is an ongoing issue on many levels. However, within your own home, there are things that you can do to stop, slow down and decrease excess noise and added stress.
You can set aside a few times each day when you turn off noisy appliances, radios and TV’s and tune in to silence. Even regular household appliances such as dryers and washing machines can add extra noise. This quiet time set aside is very effective in tuning into silence and experiencing at least a temporary, quiet sanctuary. You will find that with less noise, you feel more relaxed and you are able to slow down and/or stop and experience living in the moment. You might use this time to care for, or simply notice the beauty of your houseplants, or watch the cat or goldfish for a few minutes. The important thing is that you turn off as much noise as possible and consciously go to a peaceful place in your mind, one aided by silence. Try it. It is very effective. Do this regularly.
If you inform those you live with, you will find that your overall voice tone is softer, less harsh, and for all people involved, communication is better. You can listen without multi tasking, and you are able to just be present; so can those you live with. Isn’t it great?
Never forget the power of visiting the natural world to experience peace, beauty, solace and silence. Is there a nearby park, river, stream, beach, forest, hike, or nature walk? (Depending on where you live, some of these may be quieter than others.) Either way, whether you prefer your home, or the natural world, set aside regular time to consciously seek silence. The sound of silence really is worth seeking.
Thank you for reading.