If you know me, you know that I’m not quiet. In fact, I’m usually a little loud. My voice tends to be loud. My actions are loud.
I remember reading Eat, Pray, Love and completely identifying with Elizabeth Gilbert when she finally donned the silence badge. She longed to be the 'quiet one'. She was thrilled it was her turn.
However, soon after taking the vow of silence, she was asked to step into a new role of welcoming everyone arriving at the ashram.
I certainly don’t want to completely silence my voice but I do wish to adopt a softer, more quiet way of being.
I’m learning to welcome and embrace less sound. Both internal and external quiet.
Like so many of the things I’m exploring right now, it’s a practice. One that requires my attention many times each day.
I’ve found that by simply being more intentional with my movements, I’m actually a lot more quiet. If I take my time and stay present, I’m far less likely to drop or crash into something.
Thus making less noise.
I’m still working on cultivating my indoor voice. I tend to become easily excited and my volume increases with my enthusiasm.
I’ve sometimes been envious of women who speak softly.
While I don’t plan to completely alter my distinctive booming voice, by being aware of it, I can make a deliberate effort to speak more softly.
It feels nicer, more intimate and more feminine.
All elements I’m happy to increase in my life.
Internally, I’m also welcoming the silent space between my thoughts. It's a different kind of quiet, but still sought after.
I’m finding that there’s real peace in my mind when I listen to the stillness.
Funny thing is, it’s always there. That silence. Beneath the continuous flow of thoughts...there is quiet. Lately, I seek out that empty sliver whenever I can.
Are you quiet or loud?
How do you find quiet in your daily life?
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,