“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”
In a world that is constantly drowned in noise, many of us don’t even know how to be comfortable…just being… We feel the need to fill every silence with words, and we’ve become so out of touch with ourselves that we’re afraid to tune out…
Being alone with ourselves without the distraction of noise can be a little nerve racking… you begin thinking: What will I do? What will I think about?
Since you’re here, I’m betting you could use a little quiet time. However, sometimes when we finally make the time for a quiet moment we don’t even know what to do with it. We absentmindedly pull out our phones or check our Netflix queue… But these things don’t really help us relax or come back feeling rejuvenated, so I’ve compiled a list to help you be quiet . . .
How to Be Quiet: A Journey to Self Reflection and Better Creativity
1. Do something that doesn’t require much noise (its quiet time)… so while I enjoy home improvement and it is certainly a nourishing hobby, it also isn’t quiet time. We have to take time to be still, and that comes with silence or something close.
2. Do something that helps you focus on yourself (again, restrain yourself from the tendency to find a distraction)… write in a journal, read an inspiring or motivating book, take a bath, go on a walk… for me, there is usually a lot of tea involved… Most importantly though, take time to just be . . .
“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok, The Chosen
3. Reflect on the thoughts that come to you whilst trying to be quiet. When there is nothing to distract you, where do your thoughts tend to drift? This can bring about a lot of self discovery.
“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.”
― Ester Buchholz
4. Keep trying. The more comfortable we can become with solitude and the more that we can make time for it, we will find that it is easier to stay focused on our own dreams and visions for ourselves instead of getting caught up in what the world might be telling us to think. Spending more time not talking but reflecting in solitude can actually help you find your voice . .
“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
So, in a world that is always urging you to speak up, sometimes we have to settle down, slow down, and stop talking in order to find the right words to say . . .
If you’ve felt like you needed some extra inspiration or boost in your creativity, or would just otherwise like to be more mindful of your inner thoughts, I would urge you to try to make some time for quiet time… you’ll never know what discoveries may await you until you try it . . .