In the Harry Potter world, there’s not really a charm for creating silence. There’s a silencing charm, but it only makes the recipient temporarily mute. And that’s not the true kind of silence I want to talk about.
Pure, proper silence is different. It’s not an absence of noise. It’s not taking the sound away. It’s not the muffled enforced silence found in libraries and classrooms, where talking is banned, but there are sniffles, moving chairs, coughs, and whispers.
It’s a calmness. A state of being. It’s pure. It’s a way of connecting with the world and your soul – and disconnecting from technology, the internet, and all those other distractions that keep us busy all the time. Finding that time for yourself, for your own reflection and understanding, time to get to know yourself and listen to your body and thoughts, is important. But not enough of us find the time to do it.
Not everyone is comfortable with silence and it can be hard to find or understand, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. So I thought I’d put together a list on different ways of finding and embracing silence.
The most obvious way is to go on a retreat. These don’t have to be religious or spiritual, but they often are, as silence is often used as a good opportunity to reflect, pray, and embrace spirituality. Choosing to go on a retreat involves a time and financial, which may be off putting to some, but ultimately, rewarding in the long run, and a great way to switch off and disconnect.
Meditation can be practiced at home and by yourself, although there are specialist mediation based retreats, classes, and apps/websites available to help you on your journey. Try QuietKit to start you off. Or, if you want to start slowly, try just sitting and embracing the noise – and lack of noise around you. Listen.
Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi are incredibly popular now, and are great ways of exercising and relaxing your body, and finding a sense of being and calm. It’s easy to find classes near you, and there are plenty of travel options available.
Reconnect with Nature
Reconnecting with nature can be a good way of finding and understanding silence, and also gives you an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Going for a rural walk without any headphones or digital distractions is the perfect way to reconnect, clear your mind, and appreciate the great outdoors.
Get to the Ocean
Get out on the water – go for a boat trip, try out a water sport – such as paddle-boarding. Once you’re out there, with just the water, nature, and yourself, there’s nothing more relaxing. Or go swimming – I love those moments of being underwater, when it’s just you.
Immerse Yourself in a Hobby
When I’m really immersed in my writing, I don’t need music or anything – I forget about the world around me and I’m just immersed in what I’m creating and what’s in my mind. A great way to realign yourself and do something that you find fulfilling.
Are you comfortable with silence? How do you find it?
Share your thoughts and favourite ways to find silence in the comments- I’d love to hear from you!