“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.” Khaled Hosseini
We all have a certain amount of “noise” in our life that we need to shut off and shut down. Whether it is the sound of a TV, traffic, or our own internal chatter, finding that place of quiet and tranquility can be difficult. Undeniably, many of us feel that taking time to get quiet might even be a luxury – something we do after we have finished our work, chores or taken care of our families’ needs. But, if we want to feel more connected and capable of handling the demands of our lives, unplugging and seeking silence helps us connect with a deeper part of ourselves. And even for those of us who find shutting down and engaging in quiet activities like meditation impossible, when we find “our” way of tuning out the noise we automatically can feel the benefits. Too many of us fail to disconnect because we believe that there is a “right” way – but even finding time alone for a walk, run or even several moments of closing our eyes and just breathing can be enough for us to hear the whispers of our soul. And even if you think that the whispers have nothing new to share, getting quiet is a way we can make ourselves a priority and show ourselves we matter. In fact, if you are having trouble disconnecting or taking time for yourself to get quiet, check in with your beliefs about taking this kind of time to slow down. Many of us don’t feel our value unless we are doing something and keeping busy. But, when you slow down and shut off (all of it), you gain the precious ability to find importance in just being present - which ultimately leads to a happier and more fulfilled you than you will ever find in the noise.
Weekly Path to Peace: Get Quiet.
- When is the last time you allowed yourself to get quiet? Before we can get quiet and really
shutall of it down, we need to connect to our beliefs in getting quiet. What excuses do you make for not getting quiet? What do you feel about spending your time in silence? Write out all of your beliefs, and then also, identify all of the positive things that might become available if you make getting quiet a priority? Might you feel more relaxed, at peace or connected to yourself?
- Schedule three times this week to simply get quiet. It can be as short as one minute or as long as you need. But, spend time getting quiet in a way that feels “right” to you. It may not be comfortable at first, but stick with it and simply commit to three times this week. Write down all the benefits you notice as a result of your actions.