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The Healing Powers of Silence

I used to be afraid of silence. I didn't know what to do when there wasn't background noise or someone talking to me. I was afraid of my own thoughts, and I didn't know how to handle them. As part of my healing journey, I began researching mindfulness and meditation. I grew to understand the importance of silence in my healing.

This park in Louisiana helped me to understand how much can be heard in silence. The air was muggy and thick, and you could hear the mosquitoes flying around your head. It was too much to handle in some areas because they were so loud. You couldn't see them, but their sound was fierce. It made me realize that if I stop and listen, there is more to be heard. I began sitting outside more and listening. I could hear the birds and see them glide through the air. I could hear the songs the bugs sang at night. I even heard the whisper of the breeze as it ruffled the grass and trees.

There is so much to be heard, if you stop and listen. Listen to those who are speaking to you without thinking about what you will say next. Pay attention to their tone and body language, be present in the conversation. Listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale and notice the calm that fills you.

Meditation can seem intimidating when you're just starting out, but it doesn't have to be. Meditation can just be you sitting in a quiet room breathing in an out. The idea is to relax your mind and body. Focus by saying "breath in" as you inhale and "breath out" as you exhale. As thoughts enter your mind, let them pass through, and continue saying where you are in your breathing. You don't have to dedicate long periods of time to meditating, even a couple of minutes will make a difference. If you don't like the idea of meditation, then just sit there. Let your thoughts come and go. Don't dwell on one thought for too long.

The more you sit with your thoughts, the less they will control you. You will begin to allow them to come and go, with the realization that they cannot harm you. You will slowly begin to gain control.



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