Silence is something we don’t come by on a regular basis in 2019. Even right now I have my AirPods in my ears listening to music as I write this. Noise is everywhere. Noise comes in many different forms too: music, tv, social media, crowds, talking, etc. So many forms noise that it’s hard to get a moment where we can truly embrace silence. And silence might just be a missing link on your journey towards self-discovery.
When we say “silence” we don’t just mean the absence of external noise, although that’s very helpful. We mean silencing the white noise that’s all around you. A lot of the white noise comes from busying yourself with social media, tv, emails, and more. To be silent is to actually be engaging with your heart and your emotions.
Enneagram Types 5,6,7 will greatly benefit from silence. In fact, that’s the contemplative practice they are told to embrace that will help lead them towards better growth and moving through life in a much healthier state.
How to reach silence.
If you’re an Enneagram 5,6, or 7 you may benefit from the following in your attempt to reach silence. Anybody can benefit from the practice of silence no matter what Type you are, but they will benefit the most. Here’s some actions for you to do to embrace silence. Just give the ones that you know are going to be hard a try, you won’t regret it!
- Limit social media (and absolutely zero social media as soon as you wake up or before you go to bed). Social media dulls the world around you and allows the noise to be so loud internally that you will not spend time thinking critically or even thinking at all.
- Turn off the tv. Much like social media, this constant distraction is there to avoid delving into our minds and being able to really engage with emotions. You know this is a practice you need to try if you binge watch often. Pick up a journal instead and just write.
- Silence the inner voice. Sometimes we are so caught up in our minds that we can’t reach silence to just simply “be present” with ourselves and others. There is such a thing as thinking too much.
Why practice silence.
But why go after silence? Well one reason you won’t want to try this is because you’re actually afraid of your thoughts. You’re afraid of what you could uncover if you engage with yourself. But beyond that fear is the reality that this could really lead you to a better life. Just the simple practice of silence.
Another reason is because often the white noise gets in the way of what’s really important. We grow healthier when we are able to think critically, engage with conflict, and move through emotions without distraction. Social media is a great tool, but we hurt ourselves anytime we use anything to dull engaging with your emotions.
Hopefully this gives you some encouragement to try silence. 5,6,7’s will really grow from this but so will everyone else. It’s simple in theory but you may find yourself pretty uncomfortable at first. But stick with it, it’s worth it!