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How to Use Quiet to Direct Your Fresh Start

Life is full of distractions. These distractions often have noise components that come from external and internal sources. With all of the noise and distractions, it can be especially challenging to focus on what’s most important. Noise in our environment can be overpowering. It’s essential to make time for quiet and stillness. By doing this, we create white space and breathing room. From this quiet we connect with our minds, bodies and others and ready ourselves for creativity, learning, and a fresh start. The start can be for the next moment, day, month, project or interaction.

There are many ways to bring quiet into your days. Some of us need more quiet than others. I’ve noticed that as I’ve aged, my need for quiet has increased. What have you noticed?

Mindfulness practices including meditation or integrating mindful living are ways of finding those quiet puntuations during your day. Another path to quiet is spending time with nature. You can be an observer and just sit, watch or listen. You can surround your being by taking a walk outdoors. You can set aside some time to be still and focus on the in and out movement of your breath.

All of these practices will quiet your mind, quiet your being, and give you some pause from the daily noise and distractions.


Enjoy this quiet moment . . .

How do you find quiet? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (16)

I set aside my first waking moments to think. The noise of bells or voices is absent. The stillness and silence start my day.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- What a beautiful, gentle way to begin your day. I love those first few waking moments of the day. There's something special about the promise of a new those first early moments, anything seems possible.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is such a beautifully composed video, Linda! I was singing along to the music interspersed with nature's song:) I am someone who doesn't crave quiet.. I often have something on (music, a book, a podcast). That said, I agree that I am enjoying quiet more as I get older. I do try now and be sure to have some quiet time in the day... times when I put the phone down and don't turn anything on. For me, that is typically early morning, when I sit at my kitchen island, read scripture and pray. I also pray like Ellen before I get out of bed. I love that instruction to breath in and exhale. Mindful breathing is so powerful, it really slows me down. It's almost as if it is a physical way to draw peace into my body.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I live alone and enjoy the quiet. I don't know how people with families who are constantly talking, watching TV, and making noise get anything done! Don't get me wrong; I watch plenty of TV, but it is never on "in the background".

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Seana- I'm so glad you like the video. It means a lot coming from the video expert herself! I've been enjoying your 30-Day series. It's so well produced.

It's interesting that you said you don't crave quiet. I didn't use to, or so I thought. I grew up in a house of music. There was constant sound, music, people talking and rarely quiet. I learned to adapt. But at some point, I realized that I DID need quiet. No always, just sometimes. And if I'm around a lot of noise, I then need a large dose of quiet to counterbalance it. It sounds like you've figured out the right mix of quiet/not quiet that suits you. And really that's all that matters.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Hazel- I can totally relate to the intention of sound, rather than background noise. My ears are particularly sensitive to sound that is there but barely audible, like TVs in the background or radios on, but at low volume. I either want to hear it or I don't. What I've discovered recently through meditation is how we can shift our attention or focus. So depending upon where we choose to focus we can pay attention to our breath at the exclusion of noticing any sounds, or we can allow our focus to be on sounds at the exclusion of noticing our breath. It's fascinating how the mind works.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Right now, sitting in my home office, there is very little noise. All I hear is the fan from my laptop, my heater fan blowing, and my fingers typing away on the keyboard. When I was growing up, there was lots of noise in my home. So, when I moved in with my husband, we both decided to not have distracting noises on when we were doing focus time. It helped me get through things quicker and more effectively document what I wanted to say. So, even now, with no kids at home and a dog sitting at my feet, we both sit here quietly for several hours each day.

Though when my kids come home, I stop and take time to see how their day has been and we take the dog for a walk.

It's good for us to have quiet time as well as social time throughout the day. A balance of both really helps keep us connected.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- What a beautiful image of you in your home office being accompanied those low, ambient sounds. You and I have the common experience of growing up with a noise-filled home. It's interesting that we've reacted similarly in wanting/needing more quiet in our own homes.

Like you, I appreciate a mix of quiet and "social time" during the day. There is a need to hear my own voice, which comes from stillness and quiet. At the same time, I enjoy the connection with others that the social interactions bring.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Home with a sick kid today and needed this bit of peace and quiet! Thank YOU... :)

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Sarah- Oh, no! Sending your child healing, get better soon wishes. How lucky they are to have you to care for them. Happy to know that you enjoyed this moment of quiet.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love the video and your always-wise words. You really make me think!

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Thank you so much. You made my day! Sending some quiet your way.

January 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As an introvert, I need lots of quiet to think and refresh myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. While I know I need it I think your post emphasizes the importance for everyone to embrace quiet in such a noisy world. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration!

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLiana George

@Liana- It's lovely how well you know yourself and your needs. We do live in a noisy world. And that noise isn't just from the external sources. So finding some quiet is especially important. I'm going to a movie tonight called, In Pursuit of Silence. It's about the negative impact of noise and the benefits of making time for silent reflection. I'm looking forward to learning more.

February 1, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I crave the quiet and find most of my peace when I am in a nature setting. We are fortunate to live in the middle of a civil war battlefield so there are a lot of places close by to go and just enjoy nature. I remember growing up I would ride my bicycle for hours and hours on country roads, not even realizing the impact of the peace and quiet.

My husband has recently realized that his quiet is the sound of a babbling brook. It helps him stay calm and deal with his PTSD.

Thank you for a wonderful post!

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

@Linda- What beautiful images of nature, childhood bike rides, and babbling brooks. Having access to these types of places is important, but being aware of them, as you are, is what makes the difference. It makes me happy to know that both you and your husband have found ways to bring quiet and peace into your lives. Thank you so much for stopping by to share with us.

February 2, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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