The Science Of Silence

Originally written for Zansors

man meditating with view of city before him

Silence has become a rare commodity in our daily lives. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we fall asleep, there are countless distractions looking to take up a fraction of our attention. It’s little wonder that a counter-movement has emerged from the cacophony. Mindfulness, the act of tuning into ourselves, is the simple antidote for our overstimulated brains.

While grabbing for our phones may feel like second nature, humans have been living in a distracted culture for a relatively short period of time. In the remote Himalayan mountains, Buddhist monks live the highest example of mindfulness. By practicing silent meditation, these monks remove the psychological barriers between themselves and the outside world, achieving a state of “oneness.”

So, how can we experience some of these benefits at home? The good news is that you don’t need to devote your life to spiritual practice to reap the powerful benefits of mindfulness. Mental health and meditation experts recommend performing a mental “cleanse” periodically to calm racing thoughts and to improve focus-related task performance. Even ten minutes per day of silent meditation can bring marked improvement to your mental and physical wellness.

Why is silent meditation so important? Scientists have been surprised to find that silence is a key factor in creating a healing environment for your brain. Here are some of the ways that silence boosts your brain’s superpowers:

The power of silent meditation is truly compelling. Its effects on mental wellness and competitive performance have caught the attention of elite sports teams and major corporations. A simple practice, requiring nothing but time and space, can bring about measurable benefits for already high-performing individuals. Instead of a jumbo coffee in the afternoon, a short meditation break is all that’s required to reboot your innate capabilities.

So, embrace a bit of silence in your day. You’ll be reinvigorating your brain, protecting against degenerative diseases, and taking another step closer to monk-like oneness. A bit of silence is a much-needed salve for the stressed, distracted brain.