I had taken my headphones and switched on one of my usual podcast channels. I love my podcasts. I was about 10 minutes into the walk and into the story, when it stopped. I thought a call was coming in on my phone but there was no sound.
When I checked the phone I realized it was doing a kind of buffering. I waited somewhat impatiently, tried a few different channels to see if I could get something working, and finally switched off to reboot my phone.
It came alive again and I went straight to podcasts.
But it was no good, it just wouldn’t load.
At this point I had spent about another 10 minutes trying to get the damn thing to work. I gave up.
At first the quiet was disarming, annoying and definitely NOT what I wanted. Then I noticed. It was so peaceful. I heard the birds call. The rustling in the bushes, the dog sniffing and the sounds of the neighborhood settling in to the evening.
It was such a delight. And then I heard my thoughts, not so delightful. They were very noisy.
I realized that quiet can be so not quiet. And I began to quiet my thoughts. To notice them and let them go, one by one.
I started to see the colors around me, notice the smells. My mind was clear and my heart sang.
It was such an unexpected gift. And I noticed how rarely I give this gift to myself. I get so busy with working and talking and thinking and learning. It’s all so noisy.
So this week, I’ve decided to give myself the gift of quiet. And I’d like to offer it to you too.
Make some time to simply be quiet; in your surroundings, in your heart and in your mind.
You’ll be amazed what you find there.