Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Sound of Silence by Josie Riviera

How many times have you gone for a walk outside without your phone and headphones? My husband will rush back to our house if he forgets either, because for him, silence is a real trial. In fact, many people associate silence with loneliness and solitude.

I, however, prefer absolute silence, especially when I write. Perhaps because I’m a musician, if I hear music, I start analyzing the chord structure, or tuning in to the lyrics.

Studies indicates that silence reaps both spiritual and emotional benefits. Many people in today’s culture depend on tech devices: phones, incoming text messages, and the constant distractions of social media clutter our thoughts.

However, silence is said to soothe the mind and restore stability.

The following are some ideas to get you in the habit of entertaining silence:

Walk silently with a friend, or by yourself
Employ deep breathing exercises
In the morning, engage in a few moments of private prayer before beginning your day.

Have you ever made a deliberate decision to entertain silence and be alone with your thoughts? Please leave your comments below.

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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. I love silence! It is one of my pet peeves that it is so hard to come by now. My version of Silence is Golden...Silence is Golden that is why it is so hard to find! I get up VERY early just to have that quiet time. :)

    1. I definitely understand, and feel the same way.

  2. I must have silence. I crave it. I'm also a musician and can't have music on when I'm writing. I tend to count the beats if it's instrumental or sing the words in my head if there are lyrics.

    1. Kimberly, I do the exact same thing! And I know we're both musicians. :)

  3. My moment of silence is every morning before I start the day I have a time to reflect and pray to God.
    I write with music on.

    1. Lovely, Margaret. I enjoy silence in the morning to reflect and pray, also.

  4. Josie, great post. Silence is hard to find these days. Since my husband has worked from home for years, I've learned to work with noise. He was often talking on the phone. Now that he's retired, it's the TV or music that provides noise in our house. I can get some quiet while he's playing golf, and prayer is a good time for silence.

    1. Merrillee, so true. My husband is home a lot, also. And yes, silence is a good time to pray.

  5. Silence in the early morn for prayer and meditation, when the world around me is quiet.. but white noise or soft music when I'm writing!