Do You Crave Peace of Mind?
Not a week goes by without some article that focuses on some type of craving whether it be food, a relationship, a substance or a gadget. I personally crave silence! I am so tired of a world that seems to have the need to fill every moment with some kind of sound. I never thought I would come to the place where I felt the desire to simply listen to nothing.
When I was a high school student in a Catholic boarding school, silent retreats were part of the curriculum. Imagine a gaggle of teenage girls trying desperately not to talk. And me trying not to laugh! My friends would do anything in our power to get one of the goody two shoes to break. This of course always led to us being separated and confined to our rooms. Waiting the three days and nights of silent hell to be over with was a nightmare.
At the time, I couldn’t understand the value the good sisters were trying to impart to us.
I remember Sister Immaculata would say, “One does not need to express every thought they have.” I wonder what she would think of today’s reality shows!
Oh how time changes our perceptions. I’ve spent years on the road and been inundated with sounds of all kinds. The amount of noise that surrounds us today has grown exponentially. No matter where we are, we can hear someone talking on their cell phone. Do we have that much more to share?
How can we pay attention to what someone is saying when we don’t take the time to listen to ourselves? That’s where silence and solitude come into play. Without them, we lose our ability to cultivate our interior life.
Lighten Up Your Week:
Give yourself permission to be quiet and still. You may struggle initially since the mind is often bombarded by sights, sounds and experiences. But I guarantee that if you make the effort to honor silence periodically, you will feel more inner peace and tranquility.
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