“Silence-whether called quietude, contemplation, meditation, or some other term-has been universally valued as an antidote to our noisy, chattering mind, so that deeper truths can be revealed.” – The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Larry Dossey, M.D.
During the few moments I’m home alone, instead of feeling grateful for the silence, I first feel fear. The clock ticking, the wind outside, the sound of my breathing feels unfamiliar whereas a crying baby, the laundry going and the TV comforts me. And I’m not alone.
In Dossey’s book, he says one of the natural steps towards health and happiness is something we often avoid doing in our busy lives. Nothing. I’m reminded of that every time I’m about to go to sleep. My thoughts churn ideas, regrets and past conversations like I’m turning channels on a remote, or surfing the net. Even when I’m supposed to do nothing, my mind is adverse to it.
The same can be said about illness. Physicians, therapists, even as patients, we lose our patience for letting time work themselves out. It’s actually difficult to sit in stillness. It’s much easier to fight, argue, research, do anything than wait around to let things resolve itself.
While it’s not always best to do nothing when you’re severely ill or in distress, it can be the cure for those who have a mild case of the common blues or what a lot of us are suffering from these days-dis-ease caused by busyness. As you’ll read below, sometimes the best medicine isn’t the one that comes from a pharmacy. Learn the low cost, no side effects way to heal your life.
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