Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sweet Silence

"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together." ~ Thomas Carlyle

We live in a world of noise. We are constantly bombarded with activity and stimulation.

I recently took a domestic cross country flight and was dismayed to see that the airline I fly had installed TV screens on the back of every seat. All the screens are on when you get on the plane, but they are just repeating a 'preview' of movie trailers and TV programs available. You have to pay (with your credit card) to actually watch TV, but ALL the screens are on when you board the plane. That means that the lights are flickering throughout the entire plane, unless people turn off their monitors!!

It amazes me that we are so used to constant stimulation that most people didn't even attempt to turn off the continuous, repetitive stream of images.

Humans need silence. Humans need stimulus free time! We have gotten so far away from natural rhythms of life. It isn't healthy or good for us!

Give yourself the gift of peace and quiet on a regular basis.We all need it!