Little peace & quiet

posted by on Balance, Energy, Mental Clarity, Stress

When I was growing up, I remember my mom saying to me, quite often, “Jenny, I need some peace and quiet.” At the time, I probably responded by amping things up a few more notches, making things anything but peaceful! Now, though, the idea of craving a little peace and quiet resonates with me on a deep level, and there’s a good reason why.

As a culture, we hardly ever grant ourselves any time for plain, pure peace and quiet. I’m talking about the old-fashioned kind that doesn’t involve TV, internet or cell phones. We rarely enjoy the simple wireless, cordless and noiseless variety of checking out. This inability to truly unwind is costing us our balance and healthy energy flow.

The yin and yang symbol of Chinese philosophy represents half that is external and half that is internal. We’re supposed to have an equal balance between the two. In a 24-hour day, that means about 12 hours of putting ourselves out there and no less than 12 hours of recuperating, rejuvenating, rebuilding, going internal, taking in. Assuming you sleep for 6 to 8 of those hours, that still leaves at least 4 hours of your waking time in which you need to reflect and go inside in some way.

What could you do today to get a bit of peace and quiet? Adding even a few more minutes of downtime to your day will cause a noticeable shift. Give it a try.

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