In Eastern cultures it is a natural part of growing up. Their children are taught, and regularly practice meditation to calm the soul and connect with spirit. They understand the value and necessity of silencing the body and mind for mental health. The importance of balance is well understood and actively practiced.
Silence is music to the soul. Our culture, especially this time of year, bombards us with audio and visual stimuli and the stress of over scheduled agendas. Too much physical and mental activity drowns out our still small voice of intuition, disconnecting us from Spirit. Take a few minutes every day to just BE. In the sounds of silence you will feel the calming stillness of inner peace.
to the source
so fears shatter
of innate wealth
(From Awakening Perception, 2006)
Sit or lay still, relaxing your body. Breath deeply and slowly. Concentrate on your breath as it fills your body with oxygenating life force. Feel the stress leaving your body as you exhale. You can do this simple stress relieving exercise any time you feel overwhelmed, or just want to reconnect with Spirit. Even just a few minutes will help regain emotional and spiritual balance. Start practicing this simple meditation every day and you will begin to embrace silence as your sanctuary.