Many of us in holistic fields of service know that healing is a process that can only take place within ourselves. This process is supported by our many senses and actions we take to let nature’s medicine do its work. Silence is what our creator gave us to make this happen. Loud, unpleasant noises like constant interruptions of well meaning family or friends, buzzing of lawn equipment, cars and motor cycles going by, construction banging, etc. leaves no space for silence. On the other hand silence is by far the strongest of all healing modalities. Before we can be silent inside, we must control the lack of silence outside. In feng shui, we look for ways to create spaces of solitude for our clients. We draw to the attention of our client how important having a peace and tranquil area in the home in which to retreat, free from television, radio, phones, etc. can be very effective in changing one’s health over time.
“In all the God-given world around us, silence is perhaps the greatest.” Christopher Day. Is there anywhere in our physical environment where there is not a mechanical sound, such as a refrigerator whirring, someone’s radio playing, a clock ticking, or other background noise? I sit here right now listening to lawn machinery buzzing, a spray can of paint hissing all in between my chimes ringing, birds singing and water from the koy pond bubbling. How I would love to keep the water and the birds and block out the other sounds!
Whether we notice or not, noise does affect us. AT 65 dBA, (typical city noise level), physiological affects begin to be felt both mentally and physically the longer we are exposed to this level. Our body gets fatigued, our mental state of mind begins to slow in its processing. Overtime, we get irritated and don’t know why.
So today, as we move into the wonderful summer months, those of us who live in the Midwest and northeastern seaboard, be cognizant of the constant mechanical noises by which we’re surrounded. We’ve had a long hard winter. Snow deadens sound, except for the snow blowers. If you find your self getting irritated on a nice sun shiny day, find silence and solitude and see how your day takes a turn for the better. Your mood shifts. Your energy rises. You might even find your self smiling more.