What comes to you in a quiet place? Does it bring you peace or worry? Do you seek quiet time or find yourself defeated at days end, for lack of peace?

We often say small children are overstimulated, when they are crying or agitated. Children are fortunate not to have self imposed limitations yet, and call let it all out. How is being over stimulated affecting you? It is frequently said children need quiet time to boost their creativity and to process experiences to turn them into useful learning tools. How could you not benefit from this every day of your life? How often have you responded with annoyance when a child says “I’m bored!” Try being annoyed with yourself when you are bored. What opportunities are you missing with your spare time?

To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Silent…can you dare to keep the silence? Do you know how to find that place? To you have the determination to keep the practice? Susan Cain, author of Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Has a Quiet Manifesto that begins with,  1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers. Where are your ideas, when you’re rushing here and there? How are you finding solutions to your problems?

If you still can’t find the benefits of quiet for you mind, start with your body. Stress can raise your blood pressure, cause you aches and pains and digestive problems. Give yourself time to unwind. You will find that mind-body connection in this place. Not only will you become more useful to yourself, you will also benefit those who need you the most.

Blessed Be.