Televisions, phones, video games, radios.
Alarm clocks, traffic, voices, construction.
Dryers, washing machines, dish washers.
Our inner voice reciting our to do list on a repeat cycle….
Our days are filled with noise, aren’t they? Absolutely filled. It’s a wonder that we don’t spend more money on Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I guess the real wonder is the fact that we kind of become accustomed to all of the buzzing, ringing, banging, clicks, and whistles.
Truth be told, most of us don’t even realize how noisy life is until we find a quiet place to serve as a comparison.
Now, I’m many things, but I’m not one of those people who would teach or preach seeking solace and quiet throughout the day. I don’t think recluses are the way to go and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to become a hermit. So, take a deep breath, I’m not on the verge of hitting you with a “Sell your televisions, turn off your phones… let’s go to Zen-ville together….”
Yeah, about that…. No thanks. Clicks and whistles serve a purpose – they let us know we’re alive and remind us that we’re vital. I think of noise as life’s beating pulse.
However, I am saying this: For at least a few minutes a day, it’s beneficial (maybe even necessary) to put a muffler on the pulsating noise. Think of it as a mini little retreat from the hustle and bustle.
Like I said, I love noise and business. When my home is filled with my husband, baseball games on tv, the dryer running, my cats singing for their supper, kids playing video games in one room, kids watching Discovery Channel in another room, and still more kids cooking funnel cakes in the kitchen…. I’m as happy as a person has a right to be.
It makes me feel alive!
However, I think I’m able to appreciate all of that more (and keep myself centered and sane) when I’m able to wedge in a few minutes that I consider a Quiet Retreat. It’s as simple as going in my front yard and petting my outside cats while watching/listening to birds. Sometimes one of my daughters join me and we retreat together.
Last night, the birds put on an excellent performance for me and my youngest daughter, Stephany. Goldfinches, hummingbirds, cardinals, and sparrows provided the only audio and it was beautiful.
After about 10 minutes, we threw on our tennis shoes and took a walk – the retreat was over and it seemed to revive and re-energize us. Retreats do that for a body, mind, and spirit. They’re like a cool, fresh drink of water when you need it most.
If you’ve been feeling a little stressed (or even if you feel just dandy!), I promise that a mini Quiet Retreat each day will revive you. It’ll make you appreciate the pulse of the day more and will provide the balance that your psyche might just be craving! Find quiet time and relax even if it’s just sitting in your yard for 10 minutes each day. It’s vital for mental fitness and I think you’ll find that you’ll cope with stress and anxiety better.
Make each moment count double (especially if it’s a quiet one),