is for Quiet
Ooops, we need to do a bit of back-stepping here. I seemed to have forged ahead in my abecedarium and left poor Q out. Perhaps because she was so quiet, so engrossed in focus, tip-toeing into some inner adventure that she forgot to call out and got left behind. No worries. I’ve circled back and there she was still happily in her state of stillness, not even aware I had rushed on ahead.
I love this quote by Rumi:
“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”
I require a lot of silence for my self-care. Given that I’m a HSP (highly sensitive person) that seems reasonable; but I suspect for everyone, even the most extroverted who recharge by being with others and love continuous vibrant stimulation, quiet is a necessary component in their self-care routine as well. And one that requires paying some attention given we’re such a plugged-in, multi-tasking culture.
I’m pretty vigilant about maintaining healthy boundaries and I’ve created a life with wide expanses of quiet that nourish and nurture me. But that means I’m mindful of not being plugged in 24/7. I certainly don’t carry a phone around with me and constantly check messages. It’s not just the external chatter I need limits around, but the internal noise as well that says if a message arrives I need to attend to it now. Is that true? Not so much.
One of the thing people often say about me is that I’m serene and hold space for them to dip into that energy as well. I think my relationship with quiet has a lot to do with that. Less noise, more deep listening.
What about you? What’s your relationship with quiet? How do you build it into your day, your life? Do tell – you know I love to hear.