Imagine it: 15 minutes with no TV. No music. No passing traffic. No chitter-chatter. No barking dogs. No NOTHING. Noise pollution is a major problem in our modern world, not because it's an annoyance, but because of its ill effects on our health. Research has shown that constant noise causes stress and may even contribute to illnesses by lowering the immune system. The noise doesn't have to be a blaring stereo or passing freight trains to be harmful; even the subtle hum of the refridgerator or the buzz of the air conditioner can make us sick if it is constant.
Even though there are obviously some sources of noise pollution we cannot control, there are some ways to find that sought-after silence. Firstly, you must MAKE time for silence. If that means going on a retreat in the woods all alone for the afternoon, do it. If you live in a big city, you won't likely find silence in your own home. You can put on headphones or use earplugs while in the bath or shower so that any noise will be tuned out. Even 5-10 minutes of silence per day can do wonders for your health, so make it a priority as you would exercise or other relaxation practices. Our bodies need time to relax in complete silence.