Our lives are filled with noise more than ever. Mobile phones are flooded with social media, texts, news updates, email - and that is before you even step outside of your home. According to the Harvard Business Review, "recent studies are showing that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead. Duke Medical School’s Imke Kirste that silence is associated with the development of new cells in the hippocampus, the key brain region associated with learning and memory."
Okay, so how do this work? The Harvard Business Review suggests these 4 key activities:
1) Punctuate meetings with five minutes of quiet time. If you’re able to close the office door, retreat to a park bench, or find another quiet hideaway, it’s possible to hit reset by engaging in a silent practice of meditation or reflection.
2) Take a silent afternoon in nature. You need not be a rugged outdoors type to ditch the phone and go for a simple two-or-three-hour jaunt in nature. In our own experience and those of many of our clients, immersion in nature can be the clearest option for improving creative thinking capacities. Henry David Thoreau went to the woods for a reason.
3) Go on a media fast. Turn off your email for several hours or even a full day, or try “fasting” from news and entertainment. While there may still be plenty of noise around—family, conversation, city sounds—you can enjoy real benefits by resting the parts of your mind associated with unending work obligations and tracking social media or current events.
4) Take the plunge and try a meditation retreat: Even a short retreat is arguably the most straightforward way to turn toward deeper listening and awaken intuition. The journalist Andrew Sullivan recently described his experience at a silent retreat as “the ultimate detox.” As he put it: “My breathing slowed. My brain settled…It was if my brain were moving away from the abstract and the distant toward the tangible and the near.”
At Embodyment we have developed the Embodyment Escape, a program to promote corporate wellness via employee appreciation at a luxury level. Embodyment Escape enlivens the senses, instills well being and promotes increased productivity by employing the same concept of quiet relaxation above. You provide a room, and we send our licensed therapists to your office for your employees to enter a silent space where they can completely relax and decompress while receiving thirty minute luxury manicures and chair massages. Call us for more details on how to bring Embodyment Escape to your office.