A time to be quiet
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So much is happening on a daily basis: there is too much to do and too few hours. Or alternatively, our heads may be full of issues, ideas, strategies, searching for solutions to our challenges. And yet, it's actually even more crucial, at pressurised times to find some time just to sit, ponder and be quiet.
Most times this is hardly possible during the day. But when the day starts to fade and the evening appears we can find 15-30 minutes to be still. This is a time when we have no interruptions whatsoever, just the quietness of the night, a time just to be.
For many of us A-type, driven personalities, this may seem like torture or a total waste of time. It may be helpful to see this short period of “Time – out” as an incubation time. You may have some or other challenge you are trying to solve or may find that you need answers or clarity of some sort.
On the other hand, you may just need a short little while to have a break from the daily stresses and strains. Find a quiet spot where you can just sit… and do nothing… except allow your thoughts to flow and wander where they would wish.
Become aware of your surroundings: what do you hear or see or feel or smell. How is your body feeling? What sensations do you become aware of? Just “witness” or observe. Are there any niggling thoughts that keep popping in to your head? Just notice these and allow them to move on. Or are they trying to give you some or other message you need to act on?
This quiet time is a gift in so many ways: it allows our intuition to become more conscious, it serves as a mini vacation or a time to reflect on those things for which we can be grateful or a reminder to get in touch with what really matters. Each one of us will find our own meaning, so do yourself a favour and create this small space somewhere in your day (or evening).
Someone once wrote: We are human BEINGS, not human doings. Can you honour this side of you by giving it a little time in your day?
Article written by Linda Germishuizen, Executive, Career and Life Coach.