Be Silent To Be Efficient (BSTE) is a movement which aims at reducing noise pollution in cities. The movement was started by Richard Branson in 2000, and it has gained popularity since then. A large number of companies have joined the cause including Google, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Lufthansa Airlines and others.
The movement is based on two main principles:
Reduce noise pollution Reduce unnecessary noise Reduce noise from cars.
To achieve these goals, BSTE advocates the following measures:
• Eliminate all sources of unnecessary sound such as car engines, construction machinery and other loud noises. • Make public transport quieter than normal or even free when possible.
• Do not use your phone while driving or walking around town. • If you must use your phone, turn it off completely. • Use headphones if possible. • Avoid noisy restaurants and bars. • Do not wear earplugs while listening to music or using portable audio players. • Turn down the volume on TVs and radios during TV programs that are likely to be annoying.
In addition, BSTE advocates the following measures:
• Take shorter showers or baths instead of long ones; this will save water usage and reduce noise pollution too.
BSTE also organizes ‘Quiet’ days across the world.
Other recommendations by BSTE include:
• Buy quieter cars such as electric vehicles or hybrid vehicles.
BSTE has gained much popularity since its inception in 2000. Many governments have joined the cause by providing funding for the various programs run by BSTE.
More and more people are becoming aware of the need to reduce noise pollution and to be silent every once in a while. It is time to Be Silent to Be Efficient.
How to Silence Your Mind, from Stillness in the Storm
Achieving silence of the mind is a great challenge, but it can be done. Here are a few tips on how you can do it:
The first thing you have to do is to give yourself a little time. Do not expect to sit down and just achieve it right away.
Your mind is always on the go, thinking about a million different things all at the same time. This makes it very difficult to achieve silence, but with time and dedication, it is very achievable.
The second thing you have to do is to recognize that your mind will produce thoughts all the time. You cannot stop them from coming, but you can choose whether or not you want to act upon them.
If you find yourself having negative thoughts or malicious thoughts, it is okay. The important thing is to not act upon them.
Third, it is important to try to keep your mind positive and focused. If you are constantly telling yourself that you do not deserve something or that you are unable to do something, then the chances are you won’t be able to achieve what you want too.
Positive thinking opens up so many doors of opportunity. Be positive!
In addition to these three simple steps, you can also meditate. This is a very helpful tool for clearing your mind and focusing your energy in one direction.
There are many types of meditation techniques but the important thing is to find one that works best for you. It may take some time for you to achieve the silence of the mind, but once you do, it will be completely worth it! I guarantee it.
How to Have a Breakthrough Meditation Experience (and Why You Should), from Stillness in the Storm
In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve a break through meditation experience and explain why it is a very beneficial activity to engage in. Let’s get started.
What is Meditation?
Before we begin, let’s briefly discuss what meditation actually is. For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing transcendental meditation (TM).
TM is a simple meditation technique that takes about 20 minutes to perform. It involves the repetition of a word, sound, phrase, or vibration.
The goal is to help your mind drift into the sound and eventually silence it.
The meditation environment is also important. You won’t achieve much if you are unable to clear your mind due to outside distractions.
That’s why it is best to meditate in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Also, it is best to sit in a comfortable position, whether that be in a chair or cross-legged on the floor.
Why Should You Meditate?
There are many benefits to meditation. For one, it has shown to decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It even helps with pain management and healing. The biggest benefit, however, is that it improves your awareness and mindfulness.
As I briefly mentioned above, TM involves the repetition of a word or sound. With continued practice, it is said that one can repeat this sound continuously inside their head even when not meditating.
This ongoing repetition leads to an increase in the activity of the prefrontal cortex.
The prefrontal cortex is the part of your brain located at the front of it. It is largely associated with personality, decision making, processing thoughts, and reason.
By increasing its activity, you are allowing your mind to make better and more logical decisions. It also allows you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. This makes it much easier to overcome bad habits and make positive life changes.
How to Have a Breakthrough Meditation Experience
In my experience, I have found that it usually takes about two months of meditation on a daily basis before one can achieve an ongoing mindfulness. The meditation doesn’t need to be done all at once, however.
You can break up your sessions into two month chunks if need be.
The first step is to figure out the best time of day for you to meditate. Some people prefer mornings, some prefer evenings, and some prefer both (splitting the difference).
Find out what works best for you.
Next you will want to sit in a secluded place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. Sit in a comfortable position and keep your spine straight.
Some people prefer to close their eyes, while others keep them slightly open.
Take a deep breath through your nose, and exhale it out your mouth. Do this a few times until you are completely relaxed.
This is the part where you will actually do the meditation. The first step is to find a word, sound, or phrase that you like (this will be your mantra).
Something simple and easy to focus on is usually best. Personally, I like to use the word “ONE.”
At this point, you are going to say your mantra in your head over and over again. The goal is to have it run non-stop for the entire meditation (even when you aren’t actively thinking it).
To start, you may want to repeat it a few times in your head to make sure you have it right.
With each repetition, you may find that your mind starts to wander. Whenever this happens, just bring the mantra back to the forefront of your mind.
It is important to realize when your mind has wandered, as this is a sign of progress. Do not get frustrated, just gently bring your attention back to the mantra.
Continue this process for about twenty minutes. At that point, you can end the meditation or continue going for as long as you like.
The longer you do it, the more you will gain from it.
The hardest part of meditation for most people is getting past the first five minutes. Once you are able to focus for that long, it becomes much easier.
With more practice, you will be able to do it almost subconsciously. This is when the real benefits start to show themselves.
If you don’t think you can manage to meditate everyday that’s ok too. Many people meditate twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Personally, I meditate once a day for an hour in the evening after my workouts.
As far as the type of meditation is concerned, it really doesn’t matter all that much. There are numerous types of meditation and different schools of thought on which is best.
For example, transcendental mediation is based on the use of a mantra. Taoist meditation focuses on aligning your energy with the energy of the universe.
Buddhist meditation is based on the teachings of the Dalai Lama and other Buddhists that lived before him.
All forms of meditation are good, so you don’t have to pick just one. In fact, you may want to do different types at different times.
If you are tired of one, switch to another. After a while, you will probably add one or two more types just for variety.
One last piece of advice on meditation: Don’t ever force it or make yourself do it. The whole point is to let go of all intentional thought and effort.
If you find that you are forcing yourself to meditate and can’t stop your mind from racing, take a break and try again later. Don’t keep at it, if it is not working for you.
Also, when you do meditate, don’t give yourself a time limit. Some sessions will be shorter than others and that’s fine.
Whatever happens during the session is more important that the length of the session.
These three steps are a great way to reach your goals. Pick one to focus on first, master it, then go on to the next one.
Once you have done all three, go back and review them all again. Remind yourself of what you have learned and what you still need to work on.
It can also be beneficial to have someone hold you accountable. Tell a close friend or family member what you are trying to accomplish and ask them to help make sure you succeed.
Tell them you need them to ask you questions about what you learned, and how you are doing, at least once a week.
Having someone hold you accountable is a great way to reach your goals. It helps keep you on track and prevents you from making excuses for slipping up every now and then.
One last thing to remember is to enjoy yourself. If you aren’t enjoying the process of changing your life then you are probably doing something wrong.
Find some enjoyment in everything you do, even if it is hard at first.
Using these steps is all it takes to change your life, so start today and make these changes permanent!
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