Silence is one of the most common ways we achieve mindfulness in our lives. Our lives are full of stimuli. All day long, noises, sights, thoughts, feelings, smells, and flavors fill our senses. Sometimes, we must find silence in the world around us, and more importantly within ourselves in order to have a mindful moment.
Practicing mindfulness, we may sit in silence absolutely anywhere. Sounds, smells, and sights around us are irrelevant. Sittin in silence, we practice awareness of everything going on around us, and the consumption of these stimuli. As with many mindfulness practices, this is far simpler than we make it out to be. We sit for a little bit, breathing deep into our bodies, and feel what silence feels like. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Let us be silent, as we may hear the whispers of the gods.”