Life is noisy. Often from the time we get up to the time we go to bed we experience a constant bombardment of noise demanding our attention from one thing to the next. Quiet time is a path back to inner peace and sanity.
Perhaps it’s the fear of missing out, running from what we might discover in our inner world, the general expectation of always being “on,” or some combination of all of this and more, but we generally struggle with quietness.
Even when we’re not talking and all our devices are turned off, our minds are still racing 100mph and are far from quiet.
We’re addicted to the noise and the constant buzz provides a comfortable normality.
But it comes at a cost.
The more our attention is polluted by noise the more basic truth, goodness, and beauty are choked out.
The space is simply not created to reflect and realign our life with those things that matter most.
We’re living off junk food rather than taking the time to prepare a nutritious meal. And our soul doesn’t thrive under these conditions.
Quiet time allows for a reset.
We see Jesus regularly withdraw from the needs and demands of the crowds to pray.
And we must also regularly realign our life with the life of God even in the midst of important work.
This might mean unplugging from the noise for a day or a weekend if we can get it. Often it takes a while before we can truly decompress and get quiet.
But, in daily practice, this might just be a moment or two – pausing and allowing for a quiet moment of transition before tackling our next task.
To be sure, this is easier said than done, but this micropractice can go a long way in the restoration of our soul’s vitality.
Don’t let the noise of life drown out what matters most. Turn down the volume with regular moments of quiet.