Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quiet

If you close your eyes and just try to listen to your surroundings, all you can hear are noises. Vehicles buzzing past, people talking, machines running, and if all this was enough, your own mind talking at about 35-40 thoughts per minute or an astounding 70,000 thoughts per day!!

No wonder we are caught in a very noisy world! What life has to say is drowned out mercilessly in all that noise. The more the noise, the more the chaos.

It would be nice to have a little quiet then, isn't it? By quiet I don’t mean silence. Silence would mean pushing the ‘off’ button, quiet means just turning down the volume knob on life. Quiet is peace. It is tranquility.  When you are quiet, you can hear life speak. Spending quiet time alone, gives our mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. We can feel a surge of self-awareness, calm, and an awakening of our inner energies. When inner energies wake up, they work miracles without us having to put any efforts at all.

 Meditation is one powerful tool to help quieten the mind. Meditating everyday helps to control your thoughts and revitalizes your body.  It helps you be more aware of what you are thinking. You don’t need to become a saint and meditate for long hours each day, you can begin with just 5 to 10 minutes per day and see how incredibly powerful this is.

There will be initial hurdles when you begin to meditate, but by making it a daily habit, you will not only be able to stick to it, but also enjoy the therapeutic benefits it has on your life.

1. You can choose the time and place most appropriate for you, and ensure that you stick to that time every single day. Early mornings are the best times for some quality tranquillity.
2. You don’t have to sit, you may choose to lie down and meditate too.
3.  Start with deep breathing and notice how the air fills your lungs and how it flows out.
4.  Thoughts keep flowing into your mind, and you will be amazed at the number of thoughts you have. You don’t have to try and stop your thoughts; just let them flow, but concentrate on your breathing.
5. Gradually, over a period of time, you will find random thoughts disappearing and you will start focussing on thoughts most important to you. As time progresses, even these thoughts will disappear and the mind will be in a meditative state and the mind would have leaned to be quiet.
6. Initially you can meditate for 5-10 minutes and increase the time when you are comfortable.

It is a good idea to have some quiet time for yourself. Learning to quieten your mind has a lot of health benefits. You will find an increased ability to concentrate, more aware of your own self, your thoughts and your feelings, you will find your anxiety levels decreasing, and overall there will be a general feeling of well being.


  1. Ah !! Being quiet is blissful , Titli ! Every day, a dose of quietness is necessary to maintain sanity, in all ways. It rejuvenates us in a way nothing else can. It helps us listen to our inner voices, and reflect on life. Sometimes, sitting quiet and doing nothing is the best therapy you can get !! :) Well narrated, and nice tips :)

  2. Lovely post! We all need a little quiet time in our lives.

  3. meditation is definitely one of the most power tool ..those are really very nice points :) so during this a-z challenge everyday i would come and get back with some positive points from your blog !

  4. So very important to make that quiet time for ourselves. A very well written post today. I wish I meditated more regularly - i know I should, I can, I am just being lazy, that's all.

  5. Oh I so need this quiet ME time to be sane. It usually is the first hour of my day when I sit by myself with a cup of coffee and the news paper. I would kill anyone if they tried to disturb be during this hour!

  6. even though i dnt meditate, i love taking out some time for myself and sit quietly :) i enjoy it :)
    a-z participant

  7. A very thought provoking and informative post, S!! We all need to have that Quiet time in our life daily to filter out the distractions of life and reflect and introspect on what's working, what's not... and act accordingly!

  8. Hello, even in perfect quiet, for me it doesn't exist because I have Tinnitis, which is for me rather like the sound of Jar Flies with a never ending sound. I have grown so used to it, that it has become like a friend, keeping me company. Anyway, beside that point, come visit me, if you wish. I am writing poetry for my compositions in this Challenge. I am number 749 on the list. Best regards to you. Ruby aka Blabbin' Grammy

  9. Awesome post. Meditation helps us to be our own self. It has many curative benefits. Very useful tips.

  10. I used to meditate early in morning. It was quite relaxing :)

  11. When reading this there was so much noise around me and I wished for that peace and quiet I get from my alone time. I certainly agree with your post, and meditation is more than necessary every so often.


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