SoulCare® Practices

Overcoming obstacles to practicing silence.

In today's fast-paced world, we are bombarded with constant noise and distractions, which can make it difficult to find moments of silence and stillness. However, incorporating periods of silence into our daily lives can have a profound impact on our overall wellbeing, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and creativity, and enhancing our relationships with others. Despite these benefits, many people struggle with practicing silence.

Let's explore some the common obstacles people face when trying to incorporate silence into their lives and how to overcome them.

Obstacle 1: The discomfort of being alone with our thoughts

For many people, silence can be uncomfortable or boring, especially if they are used to being constantly stimulated. The idea of sitting in silence with their thoughts can be daunting and may even bring up negative emotions or memories. However, it is important to remember that discomfort is often a necessary part of growth and healing. Practicing silence can help us confront and work through these uncomfortable feelings, leading to greater self-awareness and emotional resilience.

To overcome this obstacle, it can be helpful to start small and gradually increase the amount of time spent in silence. Start with just a few minutes a day, and slowly work your way up to longer periods of time. Additionally, try to approach silence with a sense of curiosity and openness, rather than fear or resistance. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to practice silence, and it is okay to feel uncomfortable or bored at times.

Obstacle 2: Difficulty disconnecting from technology

Technology has made it easier than ever to stay connected to others and access information at all times. However, this constant connectivity can also make it difficult to disconnect and find moments of silence. Many people find themselves constantly checking their phones or scrolling through social media, even during moments of downtime.

To overcome this obstacle, try setting aside designated times each day to disconnect from technology and practice silence. Turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode, and resist the urge to check social media or email. Instead, focus on being present in the moment and tuning into your thoughts and emotions. If you keep coming back to your to-do-list, write it down and let it go from your thoughts. You can do it!

Obstacle 3: Lack of time

Many people feel that they simply do not have enough time in their day to practice silence. Between work, family obligations, and other responsibilities, finding even a few minutes of silence can seem impossible.

To overcome this obstacle, try to find creative ways to incorporate moments of silence into your daily routine. For example, you could practice silent meditation while taking a shower or going for a walk. You could also try waking up a few minutes earlier each day to practice silence before starting your day. Remember that even just a few minutes of silence can have a profound impact on your overall wellbeing.

Obstacle 4: The pressure to be productive

Finally, some people may feel guilty or selfish for taking time out of their day to practice silence. They may feel that they should be using this time to be productive or help others.

To overcome this obstacle, it is important to remember that practicing silence is not selfish, but rather an act of self-care. By taking care of ourselves, we are better able to show up for others and contribute to the world around us. Additionally, practicing silence can actually increase our productivity and creativity, making it a valuable use of our time.

Practicing silence can have a profound impact on our overall wellbeing, but it is not always easy. By identifying and overcoming the common obstacles that stand in our way, we can incorporate moments of silence into our daily lives and experience the many benefits that come with it.

So... take a deep breath, let go of distractions, and embrace the power of silence! 🙌