In this issue of 360 ON THE MOVE, we’re not speaking loudly – for once. We’re not confidently proclaiming. Not stridently asserting. We’re whispering. With authority, obviously, but still. The amount of conversation in the world is growing exponentially and so, if you really want to listen and hear within the noise, you sometimes need to shuddup.
Silence? Hilarious. Our lives are a cacophony of beeps, zings, discussions, hoots, debates, devices, and (for many) tantrums.
And yet, the brain, that most complex and powerful organ, benefits from rest. Just like muscles do.
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal says that, during silence, the mind cultivates a kind of deliberate intention that later stimulates us to take action. To do more. To perform better.
If you’re going to try this, you can sit quietly in a peaceful place for three minutes and ask yourself these questions:
- “If anything were possible, what would I welcome or create in my life?”
- “When I’m feeling most courageous, what do I want to offer the world?”
- “When I’m honest about how I suffer, what do I want to make peace with?”
Remember, also, that we’re living in a volatile period at the moment, during which our built-in fight-or-flight mechanism causes us to flee from difficulties by ignoring and burying them. Silence forces us to release this emotional turbulence.
So here’s a piece of homework, from Thai Nguyen, Vietnamese mental health writer: “Practise becoming an observer of your thoughts. The human will is strengthened whenever we choose not to respond to every actionable thought.”
Meet Vicky and Simon. She’s only silent when she’s drinking her coffee and he’s a DJ so…
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By the way…
Get up. Seriously. Cos sitting is the new smoking.
So just in case you were feeling smug about not being addicted to ciggies, your chair has the potential to kill you. Research shows that you can reduce your chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain, all by standing the hell up.
“We are sitting ourselves to death,” says James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic (in the LA Times). “The chair is out to kill us.”
“We weren’t designed to sit,” agrees Dr Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division. “The body is a perpetual motion machine.”