I grew up in a loud, noisy family that was hardly ever quiet. Quiet was not something we had much of. There was yelling, fighting, arguing, laughing, playing....but not quiet. When I had kids of my own we would sometimes practice the "Quiet Game." Especially when we were in the car. I would challenge them to see who could remain the quietest for the longest. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Kids don't like to be quiet.
As an adult I struggle with getting quiet. I fill my life with noise. TV, music, people. Something about absolute quiet has always bothered me. I can't spend too much time with myself. Then I get into my own head. And that can be not so good.
This year one of my goals for 2015 has been to investigate my spiritual life. And that has involved learning how to get quiet. Everyday I take approximately an hour and turn off the TV. Turn off the music. Sit quietly by myself. This is when I read my Bible. I am working my way through the Old Testament and the New Testament simultaneously. Sometimes I have to read the verses out loud. This helps me to better understand what is being said. And I write questions into my journal. And you can believe me when I tell you there are a lot of questions. Whether I will ever find the answers remains to be seen.
At times, during my quiet time, I listen to nature. The birds singing. The wind blowing through the trees. The purring of the lawnmowers around the neighborhood. Dogs barking and cats mewling. The bubbling of my fish aquarium. The loud whine of the exhaust fan in my neighbors backyard. All noises that I can't hear unless I get quiet.
Recently, late at night, our electricity was off for about 3 hours. I was taken in by how quiet the house was. No refrigerator humming. No furnace kicking off and on. The bubbling of the fish filter silent. No fans blowing. Just very, very quiet. I liked it. But only for a little while. Then I needed to turn on the music on my phone and plug in my earplugs. I can't take long periods of quiet. But I'm working on it. I expect I will learn a lot about myself as I learn to Get Quiet!
Tell me your thoughts on being quiet!