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Silence is not just golden but regenerative
Finland has something special that we don’t.  Finland values ‘silence’ and even uses it as a marketing tool to encourage tourism.  Their catch line is: ” Visit Finland and experience the beauty and power of silence”.
The world is becoming increasingly loud and cluttered.  Seeking the regenerative power that silent places and silence have to offer may well be the next big tourist opportunity. Studies are showing that silence is much more important to our brains than what we might think.
 A 2013 study on mice found that when they were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning. 
It seems that all profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.
Consider: two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. 
Silence replenishes our cognitive resources and is able to restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise. So much so that in Baltimore in the USA, schools are replacing detention with meditation. 
Studies also found that children exposed to households or classrooms with high noise levels have lower reading scores and are slower in developing their cognitive and language skills.
In fact, The Dalai Lama once said: “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” The world needs this more than ever now.

Source:  Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think       Rebecca Beris  Lifehack June 6 2019
Declutterin, Emotional Attachment and Wardrobe Wellness 

Many readers might be familiar with the worldwide work of Marie Kondo.  Marie is on a mission to help more people tidy their spaces.  She uses a simple, effective tools to get there.  Hold the item in your hand and ask yourself, ‘does it spark joy?’  If it does keep it.  If itdoes not let it go.
For many people decluttering their possessions can be a highly emotional experience.  Items of clothing, books, papers, jewellery in fact bits and pieces of all descriptions can stir up emotions of excitement, guilt, pain, happiness, sadness etc.
What we wear for example is a big part of our identity and items of clothing can become symbols of hope or even despair.  It is no surprise then that a new occupation has emerged – a Wardrobe Wellness Coach.
In my own case, trying to declutter my wardrobe made me feel quite vulnerable at times.  So much of my wardrobe is linked with people and events from ‘yesterday’.  In fact my favourite dress with huge colourful polka dots came from one of the most war savaged places in the world – Sarajevo. And yes it does spark joy especially from my grandchildren but alas it is deteriorating… 
When the essence of an item is no longer about its physical properties but more about our attachment, it's called essentialism.  As mentioned, Marie Kondo asks the question of every item ‘does this spark joy?’  Essentialism is important to acknowledge but as most people are on a quest to find happiness, if an item does not spark joy then perhaps it is time to let it go.  This can be hard.
Although wardrobe wellness is a relatively new concept in the world of personal styling, its premise is simply ‘declutter and be transformed’.  This is important because decluttering has us live in the present, not the past nor the future.
Source:  
Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald March 24, 2019.
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