Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Quiet Mind

Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~Hans Margolius

I really like my time alone but rarely get it.  Sometimes my own mind cannot figure out how to get quiet.

I do get periods of sincere solitude.  Happily these times do indeed bring upon clarity.  Other times solitude just gives me more time to steam about a problem.  While other times I find myself watching trash T.V. – ugh! 

Perhaps we don’t always want quiet because if we listen carefully  we might hear something we are afraid of, the truth.

How do you find your solitude?

16 comments:

  1. I try to get up EARLY in the mornings, long before the boys will wake up. I love the quiet, peacefulness of the house. It's my time with God, myself, and sometimes just blogging without interruptions. It seems to make a huge difference in my day.

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  2. Ooh.. I think I have written about solitude a time or two. I have TOO MUCH solitude.

    I think a happy balance is good for the soul.

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  3. I don't get that alone time nearly enough, but I'm finding I can find moments of solitude, even when I'm not alone. Last night we ate dinner on paper plates in our garage as the kids played in the driveway. It wasn't a typical dinner, but as I watched them, I found peace and some sort of clarity about what is fulfilling and enjoyable in life. It was a "This is it!" kinda moment, and even though there was laugher and craziness all around me, it sure was pure content.

    And, when all else fails, I go for a run...that's my ALONE/THINKING/EXERCISING time :)

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  4. good point! I get solitude only during my daughter's short morning nap. I cherish it and generally get a shower and maybe 10 minutes of me time before she wakes up. I find that I really do soak up the solitude however; if something throws it off...like a phone call that sucks up my window of quiet time or a messed up nap I get frustrated and the solitude is lost. Gotta work on that! Hope you are having a great week so far!

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  5. My goodness!..How I've missed reading your posts! For some reason they haven't been showing up on my dashboard...grrrrrr......

    Anyway, oddly, I enjoy my solitude when driving by myself, like after I drop off the little one in school. I know I should be concentrating on the road, (and I do!), but this is also my 'me' time, the time when I can think...really think.

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  6. I crave quiet. This very thing has been on my mind so much lately. My friend Abby gave me a meditation CD and it does seem to help a little. Of course, I just end up falling asleep because I don't get to listen to it until midnight. But...I feel better while listening to it. I, too, enjoy my car rides. The few times I am alone in the car. I am still grappling with this one. But I do think sometimes we do need absolute quiet to improve our mind, body, and soul.

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  7. Two excellent posts my friend! I crave peace and a quiet mind at times. As you mentioned, it can be hard to get those moments now. We are busy mommys and do not always have the time for ourselves. I do find solace at the beach. It is a place that I can go with my daughter and while she is exploring, I can be by her side, but also clear my head. Your last post about angry people leaves me wondering why they have become so. I have learned that when people carry so much anger and do not always know how to deal with things. they often have been through something or many things that have brought them to this place. I do not judge, however, feel for the people who have gotten to this point and can only hope that they may find the peace and tools they need to calm a bit and be happy. I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good day!

    Mama Hen

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  8. That's the easiest question you have ever asked...

    running, of course! :)

    On my way to 26.2....10/30/11....

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  9. I like my morning runs...so peaceful, total silence and I'm totally freed...it's a wonderful experience!

    Great post, AS ALWAYS :)
    Hope you are doing great!!

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  11. Excellent post! It takes my mind at least 15 minutes to quiet down when I am just sitting there in the room. Lately I'm yearning to go out into nature. I haven't made the time to drive to the beach or hiking grounds in a long time.

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  13. My solitude comes either late at night or early in the morning. I also get it in the moments after I've dropped off one of my daughters at ballet -- in the 10 minutes where I'm not home yet and am driving along the backroads. Intentionally.

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  14. Books, cooking and gardening. Nothing refreshes me more than spending 2 hours in the kitchen chopping, simmering and spicing up the perfect meal. Or spending some time reading or observing the progress of plants in the garden.

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  15. I just realized I don't have an answer to that question...so maybe I need to make some time for some solitude!

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  16. I love being alone. Not all the time of course, but when I do find myself in solitude, I enjoy every minute of it. I think even trash TV has it's place because it allows our minds to not think about anything important at all.

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