31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 9, Practicing Silence is Hard

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Our oldest practicing silence on a trip in 2008. It still cracks me up.
It is Monday night as I write this, and I just did my five minutes. I sat down to write this post, and realized . . . I never stopped to have 5 minutes of silence today! Now that's kind of funny.

I was definitely more aware of silence all day. When I was alone in the car, I turned the radio off for a while, and just drove (to Target). I ate lunch at home by myself. Leftover pizza on the living room floor while I cleaned out my purse and studied my rearranged mantle. That sounds kind of boring, but it wasn't. At all. I felt productive. I could think straight with no TV, music, phone, or young boy chaos. It was nice.

But still, I never stopped and practiced silence. This is going to be a hard habit for me. Just now, I sat at my desk, took a deep breath, and closed my eyes. I thought about this blog post, and realized that was all wrong. The point is to empty my mind, become more aware of the present, and receptive to God. So I tried again, and pictured a calm lake. The calm lake worked for a while, but then . . . blog post, meeting tomorrow, need to leave computer lab early on Wednesday to make it to class birthday celebration, hope I don't miss singing of Happy Birthday, need to relax about being late, have sung Happy Birthday to this child at least 10 times since Sunday, it will be okay, I hope the plates I bought are appropriate, blog post, what time is it, oh yes, done!

Not exactly relaxing, but hey - I'm trying.
Have you tried it? How did it go?

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2 Responses to “31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 9, Practicing Silence is Hard”

  1. I found a lot of freedom when I was taught that the meditation that the bible talks about is not an emptying of the mind but it is a filling it with the truths of God and thinking of His goodness. I think of counting the gifts as meditation too because we are focusing on the beauty of God all around us. Perhaps your times of silence don't have to look so much like emptying your mind but instead of refocusing it towards the awareness of His presence.

  2. Megan - You are so right. When I meditate, I've found that I do need to empty my mind of negative thoughts, but I don't want to stay in that empty space. I simply empty it in order to then be open to His presence and the gifts all around. It is emptied in order to be filled with Him. Thanks for making this important point.