Finding peace and quiet can be a challenge amidst all the chaos. Having some quiet time for yourself isn’t just necessary for your required break, but also for your mental wellness. But sometimes you cannot find peace even in quiet places.
We live loud, chaotic, busy lives. Going, going, going all the time on the outside and noisy minds on the inside. How can we find any peace and quiet in our lives? How can we calm our inner world? It’s not easy but I found a way. And if I did, you can find some peace and quiet too.
Every day I have a designated “quiet time”. It’s time by myself where I go to connect to the Love that heals. I read, pray, listen to music and speak daily affirmations. I enjoy it.
But some days my quiet time isn’t so quiet.
Some days, I have a hard time quieting myself. Thoughts racing, emotions all over the place, and my body fidgety. I’ll read my daily affirmations and scriptures but be distracted by all the inner noise. Sometimes I listen to more music to calm me and it doesn’t work.
How do I quiet myself to feel peaceful inside?
I read an article that inspired me to give quiet meditation a try. I’ll explain how it works but first I need to tell you about grace. The grace in the article is what inspired me.
I’m a task-oriented person so if I’m going to meditate then I’m gonna do it right! That’s how the oppressive perfectionist overworker in me approaches things. I’ve been known to try so hard I hurt myself – literally.
I need grace.
- Grace said start small with just one or two minutes.
- Grace said to use a timer.
- Grace said you’ll get distracted and that’s ok. It’s even normal.
- Grace said it will take time and practice.
You’re supposed to do it every day so I decided on 2 minutes each day.
How did I do?
I failed to remember to take 2 minutes every day even though I had it written down.
I failed to consider it a priority.
I failed to remember it worked when I did practice it.
- Grace reminded me I had practiced the meditation half the time.
- Grace reminded me being distracted is normal.
- Grace reminded me I found a measure of quiet.
- Grace said just try again.
I stopped beating myself with the perfectionist stick and tried again.