When was the last time you spent a moment savoring silence? Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, guides us through an appreciation of silence and its restorative powers.
Scientists have found that spending just two minutes in silence can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, even when compared to listening to slow, relaxing music.
How to Do This Practice:
Find a quiet place to rest. Set a two-minute timer and put it aside.
Close your eyes and soften your face. Allow yourself to listen to the silence and rest your body.
At the end of the two minutes, slowly open your eyes and notice how you feel in your body. Or, continue resting in silence for as long as you need.
Today’s Happiness Break host:
Tricia Hersey is an activist, organizer, and founder of The Nap Ministry. She is also the author of a new book, Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto. Order it here: https://tinyurl.com/5bkk6txk
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More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
How to Avoid Burnout—or a Breakdown: https://tinyurl.com/5h4nrahy
What Is Black Fatigue, and How Can We Protect Employees from It?: https://tinyurl.com/yzcujre7
Quiet Justice: https://tinyurl.com/yc78fknk
More resources on the science of silence:
TIME - How Listening to Silence Changes Our Brains: https://tinyurl.com/4brpst8b
Healthline - 8 Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Silence, Plus How to Get More of It: https://tinyurl.com/5d84mxen
New Scientist - The power of quiet: The mental and physical health benefits of silence: https://tinyurl.com/2wn82wkr
PsychCentral - The Hidden Benefits of Silence: https://tinyurl.com/2p9fkc36
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