Silence and sleep: Two needs of the mind that have become a luxury.
If we look at the past, we realize that we live in a world full of luxuries. Today we have things that make life easier for us and that our grandparents could not even imagine. The industry can produce more and more things that promise to improve even more our life, make us happier and more successful. Bombarded by the frenzy of stimuli, it is easy to forget and neglect the most vital and necessary things in life, such as silence and sleep, two mind-seeking needs that are becoming rare.
We must remember that sleep bad, which means not only sleep a little but also sleep in a noisy environment that provokes continuous awakening, causes illness, stress and bad mood. Some people are more resistant than others, but if you do not give your sleep the importance it deserves, it will end up costing you a lot in terms of health.
The tendency to give priority to money, thinking that they can solve everything, is one of the worst mistakes that can be made in life. We’ve got rid of sleep for the benefit of other dreams: success, having more and more, the dream of being better… I do not think we will win with this choice.
Our world is governed by the economy, whether we like it or not. So we think the best thing to do is to earn more and more, but that does not mean that we will always be better. However, in the hurry to produce greater revenues, we filled our space with noisy objects and technology that disturb the natural sleep and wake cycles. So silence has also become a luxury product.
Since long time, silence was appreciated and noise hated. A long time ago, in Sibari, craftsmen whose job was noisy were forced to live outside the city walls. But today we live and work in loud noises cities full of objects that, of course, leave a sound mark.
Meanwhile, the industry is committed to transforming silence into a publicitary recall, with the sale of silent appliances at almost prohibitive prices that you can only pay if you are sleeping less and working harder.
However, as for sleep, our mind also needs silence. Numerous studies have shown that people who live in noisy places or have jobs with high levels of noise have more health problems, they run a greater risk of suffering from hypertension, heart problems, and psychological disturbances. In addition, it has been seen that silence promotes the growth of new neurons and generates a state of relaxation that is very beneficial, both physically and mentally.
Silence is also essential for growth, peace and relaxation are essential for the proper functioning of the mind. According to Buddhism, the natural state of the mind emerges when silence grows while noise and agitation abandon us. Paradoxically, silence can also frighten us as it encourages us to connect with ourselves, and that is why many people turn on the TV or listen to music consistently, to escape silence and their inner self.
However, when you learn to enter the “silence zone,” you will notice that it is a source not only of relaxation but also of concentration and effortless activity, the Taoist Wu Wei. The inner silence allows you to observe the phenomena without identifying with them, so it is ideal for learning to enjoy the here and now, helping us to connect better with ourselves and the world around us.
Enjoy your inner silence, get your own luxury, success and silence – get your own KARG!