Thankful Thursday ~~ Quietness is Good for my Soul
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Lately I have come to realize that I have become a huge fan of quietness. In fact, like my favorite scrumptious treat I actually will crave it. Unlike the scrumptious treat, I crave quietness even more so, and to a degree that actually surprises me. It also is much healthier for me to indulge in. Quietness has become extremely important to me and to the well being of my soul. It truly is one of the things I am most grateful for.
How Noisy is My Life?
If you live or work in a city then you may not even realize how noisy your life as become. The traffic alone can give me a headache and when I am in a big city, well let’s just say sometimes my cheery disposition is not so cheery. As people are hustling and bustling living their daily lives, they don’t even notice all the noise. We have become immune to it. Noice has become normal.
Some of us have cell phones and they can make an awful lot of racket. When I was working at my last place of employment, there were three of us who took turns being on call for the week. Let me tell you, I was not a fan of my “on call” week. That was the week that my phone was with me 24/7. I even had to sleep with it — just in case. It wasn’t so much the calls that I would get from work, which were few and far between. The reason I dreaded that week was all the other notifications my phone would make at all hours of the day and annoyingly at night. There went my cheery disposition once again.
Is the hustle and bustle of your daily life robbing you of the peace that quietness can give you? How often are you distracted by your phone? Is it robbing you of some of the quietness that your soul is craving ?
Not Just Physical Noise
It’s important to understand that the noise that distracts us isn’t always a physical noise. Often the noise is the chatter in our own brains. Sometimes my thoughts have been so loud that I couldn’t even hear what it was that was being said around me. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos that life often throws us. If you have a family to take care of it can be even harder to get a moment of silence.
I was on medical leave from work for two months and this forced me to be reintroduced to quietness. Five days a week I would spend at least 6 hours in quietness. It was amazing and it was life changing for me. I actually was able to rest my brain and be still. It was easier to focus on the things that are important to me in my life. Through this time I was able to see the areas in my life that needed a serious overhaul. In addition, it was where I got reacquainted with myself and got to figure out who I really was and who I really wanted to be. It was here that my soul was nourished and I was able to receive some inner healing.
What About All My Responsibilities?
I am aware that we all can’t just take 2 months off of life. We have jobs we must go to and commitments we need to keep. We have families and people that depend on us. There are responsibilities that need to be tended to and at times we are just busy busy busy. What if I told you that you would do a better job on all that is required of you, if you could find some time to just be quiet? We are not able to give away what we don’t have. If you want to give people love, peace and joy , then you must have some of this in you to give. We can not look after other people fully, if we don’t take some time to look after ourselves.
Ways to Nourish Our Souls With Quietness
1. Turn off the cell phone. If your phone doesn’t always have to be on – turn off the ringer. You can also turn off some of the notifications on your phone.
2. Turn off the television. Use some of your television time to be still and quiet.
3. Take 5-10 minutes everyday to meditate or pray.
4. Say “no” to requests that keep you too busy. It’s ok to say no. You don’t have to do everything and be there for everybody. Learning to set and maintain boundaries is an essential life skill.
5. Turn off the computer and stay off social media for an evening. Will it really hurt us to not know what our friend ate for dinner or see the latest photo posted?
5. Take some time for self-care. Take a bath. Go for a walk.
6. If your at work, use your break to take a 5-10 minute walk and enjoy the fresh air.
7. Take a moment and remove yourself from a stressful situation and do some deep breathing.
8. Wake up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow . Use this time to pray, read your bible, read a devotional or write in your journal.
9. Ask a friend or family member to look after the kids. Use this time to nurture your soul with quietness. You may even find someone who will trade off with you so you both can have more quietness in your lives.
10. Turn off everything for 10-15 minutes. No phone, computer, tablet, television, radio, or music. Lie down, close your eyes , and just be still and silent. Why wait? You can do this right now.
How is your noise level? Is it good? Does it need to be turned down?
WHAT IS GODS WORD SAYING TO ME TODAY?
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God” ~ Psalm 46:10 amp
“For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, for my hope is from Him.”~ Psalm 62:5 amp
“He said to them, ‘come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while'” ~ Mark 6:31a amp
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation” ~ Psalm 62:1 amp
What are you thankful for today? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Be blessed 💞💞💞