Finding Clarity in the Noise

Life is one constant noise. We are bombarded with:

  • Texts and calls
  • Television
  • Radio
  • News
  • Apps
  • Social Media
  • Etc.

Constant noise is not good for our minds and souls. It keeps us from:

  • Thinking for ourselves
  • Thinking deeply
  • Listening to what our minds and hearts are telling us
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Making good decisions
  • Allowing our mind and body to unwind and relax
  • Having the proper perspective
  • Evaluating our goals and dreams
  • Paying attention to the needs of others

To be the best we can, and to enjoy the best of life, we need to turn off the noise at times. But how?

Here are some of my practices, though I often struggle to be consistent:

1. Take time away from your phone, even if it’s for 30 minutes. When I do this I text my wife and say, “I am getting away from phone for a while.” That way she knows something isn’t wrong.

2. Go for a walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. Listen to the birds, walk your dog, or watch the sun rise or set.

3. Sit in silence for a few minutes. Lie in a dark room, set a timer for 15 minutes, and just be present. It will not be easy at first, but it will help clear your mind and settle your heart.

4. Do some writing. Writing helps process the noise, so you can find a place of peace and contentment. Keep a journal. Write about what you are feeling, your struggles, and why you are thankful.

5. Take a break from your social media, e-mail, Netflix, and whatever else distracts you. The world can survive if you step away for a few minutes each day.

It’s a noisy world. Be different. Rise above it. Sit still for a while.

Psalm 62:5, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”

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