3 tips from a former AFL footballer on how to increase silence in daily life

1. Experience silence daily

Where possible, try to make some room to hear the music in your life. Look to incorporate one or two ‘pause periods’ in your day to enjoy some inner silence.
 
 
 
2. Minimise stress

clouds-sunStress severely limits our ability to experience inner silence and transcendence. If you go outside on a cloudy day, you might say, ‘Blast, the sun is not out today’. However, the sun would be shining as it always does. It’s just that the clouds are blocking your experience of the sun’s light and warmth. Similarly, too much physiological stress obstructs our ability to naturally experience the light of consciousness shining within us. Appreciate that stress is by far the greatest obstacle to your long-term wellbeing and, wherever possible, reduce or eliminate anything that causes you significant, ongoing stress. Also, incorporate activities into your daily and weekly routine that help prevent stress from accumulating in your life. These might include yoga, music therapy, massage, hobbies, social catch-ups or meditation practices such as Transcendental Meditation (TM).

3. Learn how to ‘transcend’

Transcendental-MeditationWhile transcendental experiences can be had on an ad hoc basis (listening to beautiful music, being totally engaged in a passion, etc), learning how to systematically transcend is arguably the single most important thing we can do for our health and wellbeing. If you already do a meditation or relaxation practice that provides good benefits, then certainly continue this. However, if you don’t currently transcend on a regular basis, look to add a transcending-based meditation practice like Transcendental Meditation into your daily routine. (I still practise TM and consider it one of the best things I’ve ever done.)

NOTE: The concept of transcending is not to be confused with today’s concept of meditation. These days meditation has largely become a generic term that can apply to anything from focused breathing techniques, visualisation or contemplation to listening to the sounds of nature. Some people even call a hobby or exercise their ‘meditation’. While all these things, and indeed anything that calms the mind or relaxes the body are to be strongly encouraged, it should be noted that the effects of such practices are quite different from the effects of transcending through Transcendental Meditation.

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mark bunn About The Author: Mark Bunn is a former AFL footballer who has been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over 20 years. He is trained in both Western health-science and the ancient eastern science of Maharishi Ayurveda. Mark has studied the secrets of the world’s healthiest and longest living cultures, and is the author of the best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘.