By Ale Paul

By Ale Paul

We live in a noisy, hectic, crazy, loud world. Online and off, we’re confronted with a barrage of noise—literal and metaphorical—every minute of every day. It’s exhausting, and potentially damaging to our creative output.

Vyoma Nupur encourages us to incorporate more silence into our lives, for the sake of sanity, productivity, and conflict avoidance:

The best ideas tiptoe to the forefront in times of silence, when the receding tide of turbulent thoughts allow them to materialize into coherence. In this world of relentless noise, silence is a precious commodity, seldom found. All conflicts and struggles of humankind that result from over-communication and ego-fueled arguments may be resolved to a large extent by harnessing the power of the unsaid. If people adopt silence, conversations that they might come to regret lifelong may not happen at all. And since the balm of quiet calms the mind, it would allow actions to be taken with deliberation instead of in the heat of the moment, driven only by untram[m]eled emotion. Though considered unnatural in our daily lives, silence is a state of equilibrium, that should be adopted more so that the overheated, combative whine of busy minds can be replaced with cool contemplation.

When you welcome more silence into your daily routine, for example by beginning your day with a moment of quiet meditation or leaving the headphones off during your walk home from the subway, you make auditory space to hear the world inside your own mind:

[T]he unfathomable depth of the music of silence is only apparent to the quiet intellect—an unmoving abyss undisturbed and free of thought.

The quieter your mind, the better you’ll hear the sounds of introspection.


  • Dominic Leonard

    My drive to and from work is my silent time. I treasure every second.

  • Adam Thomas

    This is hard for me – it is hard to try to sit there in silence, but I am trying to do it. Recently I have been randomly walking without my headphones on. I live in NYC so it isn’t completely quiet, but I notice I get lost in thought a lot more. I think it is a far cry from the thoughtlessness of true “Zen” but I think it is a start.

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