Do You Give Yourself the Gifts of Stillness and Silence?


by Ryan Biddulph

All products and services featured on this site are independently selected by our authors and editors. If you buy something through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

As the generator hums in the background, I write on a day that I barely realized was Christmas until my dad called a few moments ago.

The area experienced massive wind and rainstorms from Christmas Eve through Christmas morning. A 100 foot tree blew over and knocked out the power lines in front of the next door neighbor’s house.

At 6:30 PM on Christmas night, the internet nor power has been restored. I used the generator for 1 hour earlier today to turn on the heat and to charge my battery. I am using it now for an hour to do the same. But today felt serene to me not because of the Christmas spirit being doled out by humanity, but because Mother Nature gave my wife and I the gift of stillness and silence for much of the day.

We woke at 7 AM to the sound of generators whirring in the neighborhood. But after morning sessions, every one faded away. People likely want to conserve gas if no one restores the power overnight. My wife and I walked the dog for 90 minutes in a quiet, peaceful, warm rain. We returned home, took showers and fell asleep for 2 hours. The entire time I did not once look at the internet because I almost solely work through my laptop. I rarely use minutes on my phone.

I spent 2 minutes posting an image of the tree strewn across the street to Facebook. Silence reigned for the rest of the day. No lights until a few moments ago. Darkness. Stillness. Peace. Serenity. Nature. Naps. Pulling back. No distractions.

No need to wish people holiday greetings. No need to respond to people wishing me holiday greetings. I love my friends. I enjoy Christmas. But I am not the type of guy who chooses to be joyous 1 day each year. I go within routinely to face, feel and release fears blocking my day, allowing me to largely release conditional happiness to find greater unconditional happiness, love and peace of mind.

No Obligation

I am no Grinch. But being almost completely unaware of Christmas greeting obligations because I sat in a quiet, peaceful house without lights, internet access or anything save the sounds of Mother Nature felt relaxing to me. I love holiday cheer. But I also observed today how I sometimes feel under obligation out of a sense of guilt because everybody else seems to do those things.

Being still alerts you to the monkey-like meanderings of the mind. Sitting in silence expands your awareness to observe your mind and its loves and fears as each really is.

Is there a better gift to give yourself than silence and inner stillness?

How often do you give yourself these joint gifts?

Stillness and Silence

Stillness reveals all of your problems to you. Sitting in silence literally dissolves all illusory fear as being quiet reveals fear feels real, and appears to be real but fear is not real.

Being still and spending time in silence purifies your mind of the fears causing your inner noise and internal chaos.

Doesn't that sound like a gift?

About the Author 

Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph helps you learn how to blog at Blogging From Paradise.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Use the links below to navigate our picks for the best personal development books for each of the following topics. FinancesBusiness Relationships

Read More
Best Personal Development Books: 20 Books to Skyrocket Your Success

“They say such nice things about people at funerals that it makes me sad I am going to miss mine by just

Read More
What is the Tombstone Test?

Me and my wife enjoy seeing live stand up comedians perform in the NYC/NJ area. One of my thrills was seeing iconic

Read More
How Does the Wealthiest Comedian on Earth Teach You to Be Creative?

I am guessing that most people reading this have a good supply of books. And that every new personal development book that

Read More
Looking to Buy More Books?

What makes you think you are right? Have you ever gotten into an argument with a person who believes they are always

Read More
Are You Sure About That?

What do you consider to be a failure? And do you know how to deal with failures? For me, failure is directly

Read More
How to Deal with Failures in Your life?

Self-improvement or personal development is a conscious effort that is focused towards getting yourself out of the mundane banalities of life. This

Read More
5 Outstanding Self Improvement Skills You Should Start Using Today

From Matthew 25:14-30 comes a story about those who choose to use the gifts they have wisely, and those who do not.

Read More
Parable of the Investors

I have aligned with good partners over the years through my blog. Picking good business partners is a skill to hone for

Read More
How to Pick Good Business Partners

I'm still an avid soccer player, although I'm well past my prime. One difference that has become obvious to me over the

Read More
In Soccer or Life, Take Your Shot!

I drove for 8 hours from North Carolina to Pennsylvania yesterday. An 18-wheeler drove by during a portion of our trip in

Read More
How Often Do You Clearly Hear Your Intuition?

Near the tail end of a 10 hour car ride yesterday I entered a tight curve with a large truck to my

Read More
How Did You Unwind Today?
>