ROI of Silence and Solitude
The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But it is also shy. Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling, for it to come out. But if we walk quietly in the woods, sit patiently by the base of the tree and fade into our surroundings, the wild animal we seek might put in an appearance.
Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness
The quickest way to build your capacity is to add silence and solitude to your list of daily practices. Taking time alone to reflect, think, plan and just be will do far more for you than keeping yourself busy and inundated with the noise and constant stimulations that compete for our attention. The benefits that you will receive will far outweigh your guilt for not being more productive or your discomfort with quiet. You will gain:
- Access to your inner creativity
- Opportunities to tap into insights that go beyond typical thinking processes
This Week’s Action: Pick a time and location that feels comfortable and safe from distractions and disruptions and simply do nothing. Try it for five minutes and see what happens.
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