The view from our chalet

The view from our chalet

Our lives are full of chatter, sounds, notifications, noise and other distractions. Silence is often very rare for many of us and it is just as important to our growth. There is real beauty in silence.

Gratitude Tip: Where are you finding silence in your life? Are there moments in your day where it’s simply quiet? Even extroverts like me need silence and quiet to recharge and reflect. What can you change in order to create more space for silence in your life?

I spent the weekend away at a chalet near Blue Mountain with my closest friends and my family to celebrate my 40th birthday. It was on the water and in a quieter part of the area. I woke up before everyone on both mornings to simply enjoy a bit of quiet to start my day. Meditation is wonderful way to create quiet in your life. Even a guided meditation with music can help, as it may block out other distractions and allow you to go deeper into a state of stillness. As mentioned in my post from yesterday, several of us spent the morning at Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain for self-care and relaxation. As soon as you arrive on site, silence is encourage. Before you even step into the main building, they ask you to be quiet. On a weekend day, you’ll find that the silence is not very well respected.

2016-01-31 08.57.59In my opinion, this is due to the fact that most people have a hard time being alone with their thoughts. They are so used to a distraction from an electronic device or other forms of entertainment, that being in silence is very uncomfortable. We were a group of seven women at Scandinave together. What I love about my friends is that we were each able to do what we wanted to, without having to worry about anyone else. It’s very freeing and makes it easier to remain silent when you’re not moving around as a group of 7. There were lots of small groups that could not control themselves and kept talking in the most silent relaxation rooms.

Silence is truly a gift. As our society becomes more and more connected, taking time to be quiet every day is essential. Teaching our children to do the same is also very important. Ever notice that some of your best ideas appear when you’re quiet for a moment or two? Give yourself space for guidance and inspiration by creating moments of silence in your day.

Today is Day 4 of the #40daysofgratitude, a simply, daily challenge, where all you do is post a photo (or a phrase) on Instagram or Facebook and tell us what you’re grateful for today. All of the details can be found here. I love seeing all of the photos posted so far. We’re already making a difference. You can start today!

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