“Become responsive to the solicitations of silence.”
—Jean Klein, 20th Century French author and philosopher
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I am writing this post in my favorite chair in my upstairs office, with only the sound of my furnace operating in the background. As it kicks off only occasionally due to the recent frigid temperatures, I can now hear the slight sound of the ceiling fan that circulates the warm air.
Although I very much enjoyed the busy holidays with family and friends, I also have a strong desire and need for solitude and silence to regroup and re-balance. These cycles of extroversion and introversion feel like the beating of my heart and the pace of my breathing during and after a workout.
How loud and noisy is your life?
How and when do you explore the sounds of silence to discover the hidden messages between notes?
Consider reading or re-reading Susan Cain’s wonderful book—Quiet—for some additional perspective on this topic.
“Let us keep our silent sanctuaries, for in them the eternal perspectives are preserved.”
—Etienne Pivert de Senancour, 19th Century French essayist and philosopher
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Where do you go to do a little soul searching? Where are the silent sanctuaries in which you can reflect on the most important aspects of your life? How often and how much time do you commit to these inner journeys?
Our new home in Pennsylvania has a loft that, with a set of two doors closed, provides for the silence and solitude I seek to do some of my most valuable reflective work. I’ve also found that walking in the very early morning hours makes most places a silent sanctuary to examine one’s eternal perspectives.
What are some of your own silence-seeking strategies and tactics that you preserve and protect to recharge and do your most important work? Please reply to this post with the approaches that work best for you.
“Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.”
—Nikki Rowe, American Author
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In the book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain indicates that about one half of the population fits into this group.
For a wide variety of reasons, introverts prefer, and often function better, when the volume of life is low.
It appears that all people – not just introverts – need to withdraw into periods of solitude and quiet, to rest and awaken their inner peace. Without such moments, we all wear out and burn out, and that isn’t good for anyone.
In what way can and will you start carving out more moments of solitude and quiet to discover greater calm, balance, and peace in your life?