Much has been written about silence and many questions asked on the subject.
Is there such an experience which is in “Silence”………….. Where is the silence? Around you or within you?
Is there such a thing as silence? Where is the noise? Who controls the silence and how do we cut out distractions? Do we hear internal noises?
The effect of noise pollution has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making. Living as we do with noise from so many sources we are affected in many ways each day… attention span is shortened, memory and problem solving deminish and we crave the space to be a peace.
Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.
But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore and recover some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.
Remembering however we are also the cause of much inner noice and chatter.