The silence

By Dra. Margarita Mendoza Burgos


In an increasingly noisy and altered world, finding some silence is a balm, a silver lining that will help our psyche and also improve our body health in general.

Few things are more undervalued than silence. Putting a “mute” to the sounds of our daily life, even for a short space, can bring great benefits.

Among other things, silence allows us to think deeply about the things of life. It serves to cleanse the spirit.

Silence rests, nourishes and blends us with nature. But also, above all things, makes us hear what we never hear: our interior.

Another great virtue is that it allows us to hear the rest, something that in the desire to speak and develop our speech we usually put aside.

"Never break the silence if it is not for improve it", the great musician Ludwig van Beethoven once said, who curiously had deafness problems.

But modern society and its already installed habits almost force us to constantly break it. More and more we are filled with noises around us for fear that silence will make us feel alone or remind us of things that we cannot bear.

We escape that sensation to avoid that already buried natures awaken in us and that with silence reappear.

The invasion of noise from the outside world makes us, unless we intentionally provoke it, it is difficult to find moments of silence. But it's up to us. Let's turn off electronic devices and appliances to disconnect for a while.

We can appreciate the feeling of well-being that silence generates when entering a church, on a spiritual retreat, in the stillness of a museum, in the quiet of a library room or in the solitude of the night. Son, definitely, indescribable moments.

Silence not only makes us find ourselves, it avoids other health problems. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), in studies conducted in middle- and high-income countries, it follows that almost the 50% of adolescents and young people (12 a 35 years) are exposed to harmful levels of noise from the use of personal audio devices and that around the 40% receive potentially harmful noise levels in entertainment venues.

In that sense, silence contributes to our health in many ways, especially in stress reduction. According to a study published in the journal Heart, two minutes of silence relieves stress on the body and brain due to changes in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain. But it also benefits brain chemistry, improves sleep and lowers the risk of heart disease.

Friedrich Nietzsche, great german philosopher, used to say that "the path to all great things passes through silence". It is essential to clarify that the concept of silence does not necessarily refer to the absence of sounds. There are other things that we can consider silences like meditation, immerse ourselves in a good book or be seduced by soft music. Basically it is turning off the sounds that distract us in a conscious way in order to let the unconscious float.