The Importance of Silence

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Importance of Silence

Earlier this week, I had the apartment to myself for once.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my roommates more than life. They’re my best friends and favorite people in the entire world, and I love every second that I spend with them. I’m a much happier and carefree person when I’m in their presence.

But sometimes I can use the silence of an empty apartment to gather my thoughts.

I have this theory that the people who don’t enjoy the occasional moment (or day…or night) of silence tend to be the people who need it the most. Only in silence can we hear the thoughts we’ve been trying to escape, the feelings we’ve been trying to distract ourselves from feeling, and everything else we spend our waking (and sleeping) hours hiding from.

We need the silence to bring us back to who we really are, to help us continue in a forward motion to the life we’re truly meant for, instead of the life we pretend we want because it feels better or is easier to obtain.

The truth is sitting with ourselves in the silence is hard. It’s challenging. It’s scary. It reveals the parts of ourselves we’d rather pretend don’t exist. But the more we lie to ourselves, the more we attempt to bury what demands to be felt, heard, thought, or spoken, the more work we’ll have when that moment of silence comes.

We can’t drown ourselves in the noise forever. We need the silence to breathe.

Taylor Swift had it right in her lyrics to Clean:

when I was drowning,

that’s when I could finally breathe.

When we allow the silence to take over, we allow our true selves to finally breathe. We allow our demons to see the light, and in doing so we overcome them.

The occasional distractions are okay. 

Enjoying life is highly recommended. 

Entertainment-seeking in our entertainment-based culture is entirely normal. 

But don’t forget the importance of silence, of allowing yourself to meet yourself, to bring out even your most unwanted thoughts and fears and feelings. It’s okay. This is how you get through it.

One breath through the silence at a time.

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