Silence is Golden

     Occasionally someone will tell me, “I hate crowds.” There is something to be said for sitting in the peace and quiet of your home. I readily admit that I could also feel right at home sitting at Consol Energy Center with 18,000 screaming Penguin fans cheering on the greatest hockey team in the world. They are also, perhaps, the most heart breaking team in the world.

     Peace and quiet have taken on a whole new meaning as we progress through 2012. The quiet portion of that phrase seems to include some form of noise, be it the television, the stereo, the alert signals from smart phone or even the traffic from the neighborhood. We may not be New York City, with its nonstop high volume noise. Quiet, however, is becoming extinct in our neck of the woods.

     What difference does it make if your life is one big, nonstop, noise fest? If I asked you to name the number one exercise you can do to create the most amazing changes in your life with the least amount of effort, what would you say? How about a long jog or walk, yoga, pilates, meditation, group power class or maybe weight lifting? Not even close to . . .  sitting still, in total silence, for 5 to 10 minutes. Total silence means turn off the phone, television and stereo. Little effort is required, however, full concentration on being still produces the best results. The brief sacrifice of time sitting still, imagining yourself healthy, fit, relaxed, loving, successful, or whatever scenario that you choose to create, can be incredibly powerful and results producing. 

     Your nervous system is the controlling system of your body and it works in pictures. Another name for a pictures is image. Einstein said “Imagination is the most powerful force in the universe.” Imagination is the image in your brain that you carry of yourself whether you realize it or not. It is time for you to take control of your self photograph/image.