As I write this, I find myself in the middle of the quietest part of my every day, which is normally very loud and distracting. Lily is in bed, Emmett is asleep on my arm. It’s naptime.
My soul treasures this time of day; not because I dislike my children being awake – very much the opposite – but it’s a time for me to take time for myself out of an otherwise hectic, noisy day. It is the time I reconnect with myself, with my thoughts, nourish my body and mind and soul with a coffee, or reading, or watching some videos I have missed on YouTube, or crochet/knit, or nap, or simply just sit.
Silence is incredibly important for us as humans, I think. We live in a very noisy time – phones, televisions, vehicles, iPods and such – and I feel something is lost in not having time out from these things. Taking one hour, or even one minute, just to sit in the quietest place we can and reflect on ourselves, our day, or just let things run in and out of our minds – it allows us to return to The Noise refreshed. So much clarity can come from just a few moments sitting in quiet; important decisions can be made, revolutionary ideas can be had.
I enjoy quiet, just as much as I enjoy noise. Try to take a few moments out of your day to just sit with yourself, in silence (or as silent as you can manage). It’s amazing how loud apparent quiet can be – you quickly tune in to things around you, like right now sitting in my loungeroom I have become aware of the clock ticking, of cars driving by, a bird outside the window in our birch tree, my baby boy breathing, my laptop and our refrigerator humming – all these things I wouldn’t otherwise notice.