Quiet Time

Original Artwork by Maureen McCarthy

The older I get the more I realize that I need quiet time. We live in a society where activity, noise and busyness are the norm. It seems that Covid-19 brought many people to a new way of understanding their lives. Forced to stay home due to enforced lock down, some found themselves “antsy” because they had nothing to do. Some became depressed because of lack of contact with others. Some, especially introverts, were grateful for the pause from contact with the multitudes at work or social gatherings. Some actually came to appreciate the quiet time that became their daily experience. Whatever the experience, everyone had to adjust to a new way of living.

For some during the lock down, quiet time became a new experience that was seen as a gift. It became a gift as some folks had time to do some relaxing project such as painting, baking, reading, listening to music, crocheting. When one is involved in such an activity the mind can relax as well as the body.

Art is my way of relaxing. During an art project my busy mind quiets down and the time spent painting becomes a contemplative experience. Thoughts of what I have to do next disappear. Worry about something doesn’t exist. It is a time to focus on what is before me. It is a time to just be instead of being busy.

Whether we realize it or not, we all need quiet time in our lives. Our bodies and minds need quiet time to revitalize our being. Science tells us that we need sleep to remain healthy, to renew ourselves each day. Quiet time during each day can do the same for us. It may be just taking 20 minutes to sit and do nothing. It may be taking time to knit or crochet. It might be a time of quiet praying such as centering prayer. Whatever form quiet time takes it is a gift to each person.

For people of faith we are told, “Be still and know that I am God.” The “be still” part is necessary for everyone whether it is to deepen one’s relationship with God or to just enrich one’s own being. It can be an important gift to ourselves. The choice is ours.

How do you deal with quiet time?

What methods do you use to quiet yourself?

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