I grew up almost needing some sort of background sound in my life--usually music, which I had to play almost always. I don't know why I needed it, and it really doesn't matter--it may be interesting to find out, but it really doesn't matter. These days, I allow much more silence in my life, time when there are no sounds going on that bother me or distract me. I've found that the silence truly has a strong power, an ability to calm me and to sooth me, as long as I allow it to do so. I still love music and I still listen to it a lot, but I also look for quiet times when my spirit and my mind can be at peace without sounds that fill space and that add stress--even positive stress--to my life. In silence I can focus, I can let my mind quiet itself, and I can feel a part of the things all around me.
Silence has a regenerative power of its own. It is always sacred. It always returns you home. -Barbara De Angelis
Give yourself some quiet time today, even if it's only five minutes. Let the silence nurture you. It isn't always easy, because we so often feel the need to fill silence with sound, but it definitely is an important habit to nurture. Work on it!