What happened to the silence?

In a world filled with so much noise, it is easy to become distracted and off track.  Every corner we turn there is new sounds, cars buzzing past, doors opening and closing, distant trains, airplanes, phones beeping and buzzing…etc  Rarely do we ever experience the peace of pure uninterrupted silence.  I once read an article about an individual who had to travel far out into the wilderness to actually record the pure sound of nature without any influence of distant cities or human technology etc.  Think about that, we constantly have sound cluttering up our heads, even on a subconscious level are brain is interpreting sounds regardless of our intention or if we are even paying attention.

I use to sleep with the TV on in the background all the time, I also use to have music playing 24-7.  I went through a brief period where I tried to focus on eliminating these “extra” sounds in order to have time for reflection and processing of my day, classes, work etc… I was amazed at the difference it made.  I now am able to fall asleep quicker, I have less anxiety, my thought process is more clear and overall I just feel less “cluttered” in my big ole head.  The combination of daily meditation, less TV distraction “consciously and subconsciously” and less “music” (I’m not saying I cut music out, I just don’t play it 24-7 now) has led to increased cognitive abilities, sleeping patterns and my ability to focus.  If any of the above issues seem to be plaguing you in daily life then I would recommend trying to minimize these extra sounds.

On a daily basis, we live and are surrounded by high tech gadgets that improve and complicate our lives.  It’s okay to put down that iPhone 7 or droid for 20 minutes in order to find some inner peace and quite.

Have a positive and happy day my friends! : )

via Daily Prompt: Sound

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Fear & Happiness

What is happiness? How does someone achieve happiness?  And why do fear and happiness seem to coexist?  I honestly don’t know.  I have this vision in my head of “happiness”, I picture myself with my family in a nice home, spending time together, going on trips, and “living” so to speak… But how does one attain all of those  without putting in countless hours at a job (whether that be a loved job just a paycheck kind of job).  Countless hours and weekends because of the fear of being replaced, losing that job and everything you’ve achieved with it?

I struggle daily trying to find the perfect balance of family, work and play…and I know each day there are millions of people who get stuck in that same situation, that same routine… That is not my vision of happiness, but how do we break this cycle?  How to we say to our self that we want to take two weeks and go explore a new country, or make a spontaneous move to a new city, or do anything out of the ordinary?  How do we get the courage to make these huge decisions when we are constantly in fear of losing our safety net (ie. 9-5 job, Monday-Friday).  How do we let go of fear when we have a young child at home, or are barely able to cover the mortgage now?  I don’t know!?!  I don’t have an exact answer because each individual is different.  What I do know is that each day while meditating I feel like an inner part of me comes alive, I feel more motivated and my inner passion grows.  I starting finding ways to achieve goals and simultaneously become more adventurous.  The inner reflection of who I am and what I want allows me to let go of that fear.

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Happiness, fear, and attitude are all interrelated.  If I keep a clear vision of what “happiness” is to me, and I think about it positively and maintain my desire to achieve that happiness then I become able to put fear in the backseat while I pursue my happiness.  Fear is good at times, it helps you prioritize but it should never be in the front seat influencing my decisions…