Cheryl Melody Baskin, Author of "Shift of Heart."
The Music of Silence
This may seem strange for a musician to say, but sometimes I don’t want to hear any of my favorite pieces of music. I don’t want to sing, or compose or go to a concert, or have a conversation, or DO anything. I just want to BE! Do I sound anti-social and reclusive? Yes, sometimes I could label myself that way, and I am okay with it.
I believe that there are times that everyone needs to invite the music of personal space and elusive silence. I know it may be difficult to set aside time for this. There are always to-do lists that revolve around personal and professional multi-dimensions of our lives. That part is wonderful! We are all alive and vibrant human beings with much to offer, see and do! However, silence and time out are crucial for recharging, revitalization, centering, for feeling the moment…taking in all the nurturing we can absorb from the gifts of breath and Nature, just “being” …without labels and to-do’s and chatter.
In silence, look up at the night and day sky and feel its expansive beauty and know that you too have unlimited possibilities! Step on the earth and really know that the roots of the earth, its energy, can provide you strength and courage to move forward in the world with confidence and empowerment. Allow the sounds around you…life’s symphony…to nurture your soul.
This is a need we all have, but we often push it aside. It is as important as drinking water. Silence IS golden, and with all the technology and dividing of ourselves into multiple pieces, we seem to move away and ignore the gift of time, space and silence. It takes discipline and willpower to invite stillness and slowing down into our busy lives. Even 3 minutes every so often during the day will help calm, and do wonders for your spirit!