Be careful what you wish for! Why discovering true peace and quiet can be noisier and more terrifying than you might expect
9 January 2019
On days when we’re surrounded by noise and distraction, finding a quiet moment to be alone with our thoughts can seem an impossible dream.
A short pause can have a calming and restorative effect, but what’s it like to take quiet moments to the extreme?
Buddhist monk Geolong Thubten has previously entered a five-month-long silent retreat but, as he revealed on Brainwaves, he found the experience to be harder – and scarier – than he could have imagined.
“The internal chatter is wild,” Geolong explained. “Everything feels amplified as you start to experience your own inner monologue.
“It’s interesting – and sometimes terrifying – to be backed into a corner with your own thoughts.”
But Geolong concluded that an extended period of silence is ultimately a positive experience.
“You really have to turn within and make peace with yourself.”