Whew, I need quiet in the village of voices inside of my head! Everyone is clamoring for my attention and they all want it NOW! Shoulda, coulda, woulda, criticism, self-annoyance, whip cracking, softness, love, compassion, click, click, clack, and the yelling list goes on. It’s faster than a twitter feed frenzy!
QUIET! I yell back. Hmm, that seems counterproductive. Oh yeah, how about I take a breath and gather myself back to me.
I have noticed that it is taking me a bit longer to quiet my mind and some of the ways that worked previously, aren’t working.
At dinner with friends the other night, we were discussing the meaning of a word used in a movie we had just seen. We whipped out our phones and in an instant, we had the definition. We can do so much so fast. With a remote control, I can access hundreds of channels on television in an instant. I can get on my computer, be on the internet with one click, and then with another click, I can be on any one of a billion pages. I can type a sentence in this blog post, highlight it and delete or move it in a couple of seconds.
Is my brain syncing with speed of technology? Is that why it is a little more challenging to quiet my mind? Is this speed an explanation for the escalation of sleeping problems in the world?
The thing is, I don’t want to rush through life and miss the magical moments. I don’t want to rush by the person who needs a kind and listening ear. I want my heart to have time to take a photograph for its album of cherished moments.
I am the only one who can slow my brain, my breath, my being. To live a life with meaning, I need to quiet the village of voices and listen to the soft, still voice of my inner intelligence. It is the voice that knows my longings, my history, and has the guidance to my life of joy, peace, and kindness. Whether you call the voice inside of you your inner intelligence, spirit, heart, source, or any other name, you know that voice when you hear it. Quieting my mind, my village of voices, is a practice and a muscle I can strengthen by working it. I will keep listening. I will keep finding ways to quiet my mind. Today, writing this blog post has quieted things down. Thank you for getting quiet and listening to me.
How about you? How do you quiet the village of voices? How do you connect to your inner voice? Please share by commenting on this post!
All the best to you!