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Lately I have come to realize that I have become a huge fan of quietness. In fact, like my favorite scrumptious treat I actually will crave it. Unlike the scrumptious treat, I crave quietness even more so, and to a degree that actually surprises me. It also is much healthier for me to indulge in. Quietness has become extremely important to me and to the well being of my soul. It truly is one of the things I am most grateful for.
How Noisy is My Life?
If you live or work in a city then you may not even realize how noisy your life as become. The traffic alone can give me a headache and when I am in a big city, well let’s just say sometimes my cheery disposition is not so cheery. As people are hustling and bustling living their daily lives, they don’t even notice all the noise. We have become immune to it. Noice has become normal.
Some of us have cell phones and they can make an awful lot of racket. When I was working at my last place of employment, there were three of us who took turns being on call for the week. Let me tell you, I was not a fan of my “on call” week. That was the week that my phone was with me 24/7. I even had to sleep with it — just in case. It wasn’t so much the calls that I would get from work, which were few and far between. The reason I dreaded that week was all the other notifications my phone would make at all hours of the day and annoyingly at night. There went my cheery disposition once again.
Is the hustle and bustle of your daily life robbing you of the peace that quietness can give you? How often are you distracted by your phone? Is it robbing you of some of the quietness that your soul is craving ?
Not Just Physical Noise
It’s important to understand that the noise that distracts us isn’t always a physical noise. Often the noise is the chatter in our own brains. Sometimes my thoughts have been so loud that I couldn’t even hear what it was that was being said around me. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos that life often throws us. If you have a family to take care of it can be even harder to get a moment of silence.
I was on medical leave from work for two months and this forced me to be reintroduced to quietness. Five days a week I would spend at least 6 hours in quietness. It was amazing and it was life changing for me. I actually was able to rest my brain and be still. It was easier to focus on the things that are important to me in my life. Through this time I was able to see the areas in my life that needed a serious overhaul. In addition, it was where I got reacquainted with myself and got to figure out who I really was and who I really wanted to be. It was here that my soul was nourished and I was able to receive some inner healing.
What About All My Responsibilities?
I am aware that we all can’t just take 2 months off of life. We have jobs we must go to and commitments we need to keep. We have families and people that depend on us. There are responsibilities that need to be tended to and at times we are just busy busy busy. What if I told you that you would do a better job on all that is required of you, if you could find some time to just be quiet? We are not able to give away what we don’t have. If you want to give people love, peace and joy , then you must have some of this in you to give. We can not look after other people fully, if we don’t take some time to look after ourselves.
Ways to Nourish Our Souls With Quietness
1. Turn off the cell phone. If your phone doesn’t always have to be on – turn off the ringer. You can also turn off some of the notifications on your phone.
2. Turn off the television. Use some of your television time to be still and quiet.
3. Take 5-10 minutes everyday to meditate or pray.
4. Say “no” to requests that keep you too busy. It’s ok to say no. You don’t have to do everything and be there for everybody. Learning to set and maintain boundaries is an essential life skill.
5. Turn off the computer and stay off social media for an evening. Will it really hurt us to not know what our friend ate for dinner or see the latest photo posted?
5. Take some time for self-care. Take a bath. Go for a walk.
6. If your at work, use your break to take a 5-10 minute walk and enjoy the fresh air.
7. Take a moment and remove yourself from a stressful situation and do some deep breathing.
8. Wake up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow . Use this time to pray, read your bible, read a devotional or write in your journal.
9. Ask a friend or family member to look after the kids. Use this time to nurture your soul with quietness. You may even find someone who will trade off with you so you both can have more quietness in your lives.
10. Turn off everything for 10-15 minutes. No phone, computer, tablet, television, radio, or music. Lie down, close your eyes , and just be still and silent. Why wait? You can do this right now.
How is your noise level? Is it good? Does it need to be turned down?
WHAT IS GODS WORD SAYING TO ME TODAY?
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God” ~ Psalm 46:10 amp
“For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, for my hope is from Him.”~ Psalm 62:5 amp
“He said to them, ‘come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while'” ~ Mark 6:31a amp
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation” ~ Psalm 62:1 amp
What are you thankful for today? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Be blessed 💞💞💞
77 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday ~~ Quietness is Good for my Soul”
I try to use a lot of these tips already, but I definitely need to work on learning to say NO!
I think that is one of the most difficult skills to hone. Blessings.
I loved reading your post, Shelley. You are speaking to the choir. The Silence is one of the most blessed and sacred places in all the universe. There, I meet the Still Small Voice and my truest, highest, most noble self. ❤️ Xo Evelyn, PathofPresence
May you continue to be blessed in that quiet place.
It was only recently that I attempted to quiet down a part of my life. I live alone with 5 dogs at the moment. I usually turn the music on as soon as I wake up. It’s my way to multi-task, every sense must be doing something. I don’t know why I do that, I think I like the little distractions. I have the music on because I’ll be doing some cleaning when I get up. Recently, I intentionally took time to have a quiet, peaceful moment. When I’m ready, I’ll turn the music off, sit down on the floor, and after getting the excited dogs calm down, I would take 30 mins to an hour just talking to the Lord. I would read the Bible, pray, analyze my thoughts, assess my recent actions, think about the things I need to do as an adult. It actually helped me become more focused. But there are times the quietness is unnerving, and then I turn the music on again. XD
I believe that if we are so used to hustle and bustle and noise that we have to teach ourselves to be quiet. It sounds like you are starting to do that. Blessings to you.
I really needed this post to serve a reminder. My thoughts have been ridiculously busy lately. Only yesterday, I told myself, I had to shut it all out and find time to meditate and pray. Thanks so much for this amazing tips. Very helpful and inspiration post. Thanks so much for sharing xoxo
Thank you. I hope that you were able to carve out a bit of time for yourself. Blessings
This is so important. I always love quietness, it’s your time to meditate and think clearly, just relax, have a me time.
I do love some quiet time. I am thankful for everything basically – the good, bad and ugly – so many directions my life would have taken but thanks to God, I am doing well.
I am glad to hear that you are doing well. Blessings to you.
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God” ~ Psalm 46:10
One of my favorite quotes.
Mine too. Bless you
Sometimes we really need to as you say ” Take a moment and remove yourself from a stressful situation”, Sometimes the “movement away from” need not be physically but emotional. Failure to do so may compromise our sense of well being. For my part, I often wake early to pray and that gives me stillness amidst the jangling noise of self doubt, and other stressors around me
That is wisdom — blessings
I love having my quiet time, and these are some good ideas on making sure you get that extra time for you. Will have to save this post and come back to it for these ideas! Thanks!
I would love to hear how they work for you. Blessings
I need the quiet, it keeps me calm and centered.
Me too. Blessings
What an inspiration. I like having quiet time with the family and myself.
Awesome. Blessings to you.
Quiet time is so important. There’s an article that I recently saw in Psychology Today (I think that was it) that said 2 hours of quiet every day actually increases the size of the brain in the area responsible for memory. I think that’s pretty amazing!
That is amazing. Sometimes our brains just need a rest. Blessings
Thank you for this post! I so agree! My newest thing is on a warm day I take a blanket my planner and just sit on my deck it’s not super quiet but it’s enough for inner peace, which is sooo important!
That sounds heavenly to me. Enjoy your quiet time. Blessings
I can really relate to the constant chatter in our minds. These are great tips to help you find some quiet time. Its something that Im not very good at but I think your tips will help.
I hope that you will be able to carve out some quiet time — even if only a small amount each day.
Thanks for these great tips! I could really work on #9- life with a toddler gets pretty hectic and doesn’t leave much down time for things like quiet time. I am frelinf inspired to be more intentional about adding more quiet time to my life.
Yes — it can be tough to carve out quiet time. I encourage you to begin slowly. Maybe 10 minutes every day. blessings
I moved out to the country a year ago after living in cities my whole life, I immediately feel in love with the quite and peace. I loved the tips you have in this post! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Once we get accustomed to the quiet — we learn how important it is to our soul — blessings
Thank you for the lovely and inspiring post 🙂
I can’t tell you how much I cherish my quiet time! I wake up around 630am every day- not to jump right into work or become more productive but because it sets the tone for my day. When I spent 1hour to myself in quiet, I feel better and more mindful! xo
Good for you for putting your well being as a priority. Blessings
Quite time from work is best for me. At home, I actually prefer noise, good noise of course.
I get that. Blessings
I’ve always been kind of a loner, but it wasn’t until I had kids that I realized how crucial alone time is for my mental health. I need time by myself to recharge…it makes me a better mom!
When I first got married was the first time that I really missed my alone and quiet time. I find that if I don’t make time for it I am easily agitated. Blessings
Oh how I love my quietness. My youngest son is almost 18. He’s out of the house alot because of school and work. When he is at home he’s in his room, and I love my quietness. Now when he leaves home next year I might write you back and say I have too much quietness lol.
Lol. Yes — you just might. Blessings.
I am thankful for my family and how close we are! BUT a little bit of quietness would be wonderful each day. I need to make that happen!
Hope your able to carve out a bit of quiet time for yourself and recharge for yiur family time. Blessings.
Meditation is a great way to be calm. I have been practicing for a while. Thanks for sharing your post!
What a peaceful and inspiring article. Love it! I was always getting up and hitting the ground running, resulting in not being able to sleep at night and always restless. What I was doing was killing myself slowly in the name of ‘helping my family.’ Now I get up and have at least an hour with my morning ritual- devotion, reading, setting my daily goals and exercise all the while listening to meditation music.
Awesome! Feeling peaceful after reading this.
Such awesome changes you made. I am thrilled for you. It’s amazing what a little quietness can do for a persons soul. Blessings to you.
My favorite place in the world in my my hammock at night, with a light breeze. At night you can hear the leaves rustling, crickets & frogs chirping and for a few weeks a million fireflies! It’s the best place I’ve found to reset my brain
That sounds heavenly to me. Enjoy your quiet place. Blessings
I love the quiet too. It’s important for soul to recharge in silence.
We stayed in a cabin once away from the city and noise and itwas simply amazing 💙 We always talk about going back.
I hear you. Sounds like a perfect get away. Blessings
Great post and I couldnt agree with you more. A search for peacefulness would end when we find the quietness in life. Thisis awesome and I am gonna try some tips you mentioned here.
Awesome. Let me know how they work for you. Blessings
This really made me reflect on how loud life can be and how important the quiet is. I will definitely start making time. Important stuff!
Glad to hear it. Enjoy your quie time. Blessings
Good read, take a few minutes to enjoy the quiet is a fantastic self care tip.
Yes — and it doesn’t even have to cost a cent. Blessings
Now you are talking my language!! Beautiful and wonderful. I have a part of my blog called A Cup of Thankfulness, :). I may want to feature this post on my site, so please let’s chat further!!! I will friend you from our blog group, :))
Being thankful and grateful are keys to having a fulfilled life. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you.
This is so true, there is so much noise and chaos it’s important to remember to uplug from everything.
Love this post! I love quietness too! I agree it is good for my soul as well! Truth, I don’t ever turn the tv or radio on – others at home do, but when they aren’t there I simply enjoy the quiet.
Awesome. I do the same. Blessings
I LOVE this post! I require a “cone of silence” every single day. It helps me calm my mind. I’m also a huge fan of meditation apps. They calm and soothe. Thank you for sharing!
I love that “cone of silence”. Blessings
Great article. I had to really come to terms with the need for quiet. I have 4 kids and work full time so my schedule is full of noise
It’s sometimes tough to find the time to be in quiet. I hope you can carve a few minutes everyday just for you. Blessings
Learning to say no is something that I have been working on. I have been feeling overwhelmed and I think turning down offers from time to time might help.
It can be tough at first to do, however if you stick to it you actually end up happy and healthier and have better relationships too. Blessings to you.
Love this! I definitely have a lot of noise in my life. Thanks for all of the tips! I love your “thankful thurday” idea too. I think we need weekly if not daily reminders to be more thankful!
I agree — once we get into the habit of daily being thankful — our lives become much more peaceful. Blessings
I love quiet time! It’s rejuvenating and refreshing! Great tips to help make the most of it!
Thank you. Enjoy your quiet time. Blessings
YES. I need the quiet or I will lose my mind. It’s so important.
I lose my mind too if I don’t make time for quietness too. Blessings
I recently had really ‘noisy’ style of life, but its good that I have stopped. I decided I need some quietness, and being alone, and to change my way of thinking from default – to positve, to create my life, and spend some quality time with myself. So I understand you totally, great post!
Good for you for making more time for quietness. I sometimes think we don’t even realize how noisy it is until we are able to bask in the quiet. Blessings to you.
I love my quiet time!
Great suggestions and reminders to live a more quiet life.