There have been many instances in my life when I’ve spent much of my time in silence. I usually would fill this time with my favorite music. Other times, I’d spend it idly daydreaming. As the years have passed, though, in these times of silence, I find myself often overwhelmed with topics I want to pursue. Some are far more trivial than others, but, they all vie for brain-space, often leading to an overload.
I’ve been pondering lately how to best use silence and otherwise quiet downtime constructively. There’s something to be said for quiet reflection and ruminating over thought experiments. But, when my head just gets too full, I just have to decompress.
Usually, writing is the way to go to do this. But, usually, I’ll just sort of ramble to anyone willing to listen… or pretend to listen, at least. This is a bit frustrating to me, because once I release certain things in speech, I find it difficult to then sit down and actually figure out what I was trying to write. The opposite is true, as well, of course. But, oftentimes, I have far too much on my mind. So, what seemed most important to me when I was thinking about it at the time ends up forgotten.
Therefore, I’ve resolved to spend my quiet time simply taking notes of all the various things I’m thinking about. There’s never any shortage of writing material on my brain; it’s just a matter of getting it out. Many times when it’s quiet, I just want to rest. So, writing something coherent just isn’t going to work for me. But, at least if I get some things jotted down, they’re not keeping me up at night anymore.
How do you go about using silence or other downtime constructively, meditatively, or otherwise?
~ Amelia <3