The Burning Question is from Danielle LaPorte’s blog. I’m loving her book The Fire Starter Sessions .
What’s your relationship to silence?
In the last year or so I’ve come to crave silence. Quiet. Stillness. When I haven’t had any quiet time I start to feel edgy and cranky. I used to always have something on in the background…the TV, music, anything really. It kept me distracted.
I no longer want to be distracted. I want to figure it out. To feel it. To understand me. Regular time in silence helps.
Most of the time I drive in silence. I commute about 40 minutes morning and evening. I’ve found that turning off the radio allows my mind to wander. Gives my thoughts time to drift around and sort themselves out a bit. I always have chatter going on in my head….you know the stuff:
I should, I shouldn’t
I want to
I wish I had
Someday I will
I’ve come to enjoy just observing the thoughts that flow through. It’s been a learning experience to realize that my thoughts are not what defines me. I used to believe that my thoughts were me. Had control over me. But it’s the opposite. I have control over my thoughts. I heard this in a sermon once about thoughts:
“You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from making a nest in your hair”
I wish I could remember where I heard it.
I believe that thoughts become things. That what you think about you bring about. And all those other sayings about the power of positive thinking.
Being silent helps me to sort out the thoughts I want from the thoughts that are just flying over head.
I want to grab the right ones and make a beautiful nest of them.
How do you feel about silence?