Why Silence. Part 1.

The benefits of moving to the countryside

6 days out of 7, I fall asleep in silence and wake up with birds.

But this did not happen over night.

Being diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes 6 years ago, it took me a while but it made me prioritise my health.

I started meditating, via an NHS meditation course for diabetes.

I also suffer from Asthma, so breathing city cars and buses pollution is one of my least favourite thing.

When I lived in Old Street, we had building works happening in front of our windows for six months. One Sunday at 7am in the morning, the engine started and I lost it. We went to walk in a forest but still I could hear the planes and the hustle of the city. I realised how much I needed real silence.

Then a friend practically forced me to enter a coastal 12k run in Pembrokeshire, Wales. I smiled throughout the whole painful race of joy, and awe of being able to put my feet on such peaceful ancient landscape.

My husband recently found a shared note we had from 2013, where he wrote the benefits of leaving the city life.

5 years later and we took the leap. 5 months later and we are addicted to silence.

Silence, is my favourite aspect of living in the countryside.

Some people might hate it and I totally understand.

But it gives me clarity, peace and happiness.

I hear my heart beat, my stomach, my overwhelming thoughts, my breathing.

And I feel rested, less anxious, not being constantly aggressed by noises I have no control over.

Silence created space in the body, in the mind that is more difficult to find in a city.

Silence made me listen to myself and others deeper.

Wild Geese, Suffolk Coast, December 2017.

So now, when I am in a city and feel that I need to slow down, I remind myself of the countryside’s silence that is made of singing birds, leaves rustling in the wind and rain drops.

Here is how I remind myself of this peaceful silence:

  1. I close my eyes and imagine myself on a beach, in a meadow, a garden, a mountain track, wherever I know and would like to be.
  2. Then I notice what effect it has on my body, which sensations it brings.
  3. When I feel that my body is full of that sensation, I open my eyes and take these sensations with me in my day.

Try it and notice the changes. The body remembers and stores sensations, so the more you do practice it, the easier and faster it will become.


This was Part 1 of a series on Silence, next article will be on silence in communication.

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Keep on moving!

Emma

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