Today I Learned The Power Of Restorative Silence

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“Last night I found myself alone in my living room.

As my youngest was leaving the room, he went to toss the television remote to me.

‘No thanks,’ I said. ‘I think I’m just going to sit here in the silence.’

Of course, my teenager rolled his eyes, shrugged his shoulders, and said, ‘That’s so weird but okay.’

And then I sat there.

In the silence.

No scrolling on my phone.

No reading a book.

No writing out a to-do list.

No guided meditation.

Just silence.

Let me tell you, those 5 minutes in silence restored and filled my soul.

Those 5 minutes were the best thing I did for myself yesterday.

You see, life can be too people-y for me sometimes.

It can be too stimulating for all of my senses.

And although I know that silence is what refuels me, I often forget to make time for it.

I need to do better.

What about you?

What does silence do for you?

Can you take just one more minute today before you head back to your day?

Take a deep breath in and close your eyes.

Picture whatever it is that restores and refills your soul.

Maybe it’s silence.

Maybe it’s the gym.

Maybe it’s a book.

Maybe it’s coffee with friends.

Whatever it is – breathe it in.

Find a way to make time for it.

Because the more you inhale the good stuff – the stuff that refuels you, the easier it is to exhale stress and worry.”

picture of the living room as mom takes a moment to reset
Courtesy of Jenni Brennan

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