Yesterday, I came home from a wonderful weekend retreat. (As a side note, be sure to keep an eye on these two great women – their future offerings are sure to be superb!) One thing that all the participants, including myself, commented on was the importance of staying connected to our true selves.
Regardless of how we connect with wisdom, be it through meditation, prayer, religious disciplines, silence, singing, being outside, or visiting a sacred building, we need to make a quiet time and space for that connection to happen.
Creating quiet time is necessary to life.
This is the first full week of Lent. One of my practices during this time is the reading of the Morning Prayers in the Book of Common Prayer. Fortunately, I arranged my life to create quiet time and space in the morning, so it has been easy to add this discipline into my daily routine. You can learn more about my morning routine here.
But even when it’s not Lent, I keep some time to myself each morning without apology. Having open time and space, time in a house that is generally pretty quiet, is quite simply a matter of life or death for me. I keep a busy schedule, and paradoxically, having time to do nothing allows me to accomplish a lot.
Quiet time maintains your clarity of purpose. When you’ve spent time connecting with yourself and your Source, you remember what is important to you.
Quiet time calms your mind. I don’t have neurological proof, but in my experience, I am less forgetful and sharper in my thinking when I’ve had some mental down time. Time for my thoughts to wander, my memories to settle, and my brain to relax.
Quiet time soothes your body. In a still environment, your breathing can slow and your body can relax. Without constant attention to stimuli, your body will naturally go into a slower state, reducing stress hormones.
I know this isn’t easy.
I only have one child, and this is probably one of my most challenging tasks: creating quiet time for myself. There are mornings I don’t want to get up early. There are nights I have trouble falling asleep. Stuff in the house breaks down. Chores don’t magically get done without my effort. I have choir practice, volunteer work, social outings, work outings, a home business to run, meals to cook, etc. But if my post partum depression taught me anything, it taught me that I have to take care of myself first. And keeping quiet time and space in my schedule is the biggest part of that.
If you can’t possibly think of a way to create some quiet time in your life, then schedule 1 hour of quiet time with me: Book a 1 hour Breath of Fresh Air. It’s free. Take care of yourself today!