A few minutes of country quietude.
If you’re so inclined.
Until next time …
A few minutes of country quietude.
If you’re so inclined.
Until next time …
Longing for some quiet in the middle of this busy season?
I thought I would share one of my favorite “Quietude” videos.
It’s been quite a while since I showed one.
Please enjoy a moment for yourself..
Until next time.
In lieu of many things on my mind as of late, I thought I’d re-run a post that I originally ran in September of 2011.
Psalm 139: 13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
These are the most important words.
I want you to hear them.
God created you.
You were His choice.
If you hear anything different than this,
It is a lie.
Straight from the enemy of your soul.
Designed solely to keep you away from your loving Father in Heaven.
Run from that lie,
And into His arms of truth.
Have a rest there.
Take a breath.
I’m working on Friday’s topic. Until then, I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Whatever is on your mind. A question? An answer? A bit of your story?
Or perhaps a topic you’d like to see discussed here.
Above all, take a breath,
and I’ll see you back here on Friday.
A long time friend of mine has begun a new project.
Now we have spoken very little, if any, about his topic.
Imagine my surprise when I began reading his words!
(Surprised, but not surprised. Our verbiage is even the same!)
If you have been here on my blog for any time at all,
you know how much value I put on having quiet time.
How much peace there is to having time to settle your heart and soul.
And how I also always delight if in some small way, I can help you to help yourself.
Even for just a moment; a little at a time.
So with Gary’s permission, I share his offerings with you now.
There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind
Those are the first words of a song that is not an original work of mine but have been on my heart a lot in recent days. I would like to suggest, my dear Psalms of Life friends, that dedicating yourself to a time of ‘stillness within’ is so valuable.
Establishing the habit for even a few minutes a day (especially at the beginning) is where the power lies. It is the ‘master key’ to a more fulfilling life.
Find a quiet place if only for a few minutes. Be silent, place your hand lightly on your heart. (Your mind focuses on where the touch is felt.) Then breathe slowly and deeply, listening to your breath while you choose to feel grateful.
Listening to your breath actually relates back to the fact that, in Hebrew, the deepest root meaning of Yahweh is ‘passionate breath.’
Practicing the simple habit of daily stillness with the Lord will transform your life. Studying and reading the Scriptures is good, but the art of practicing simple stillness is the most important foundation to build upon. Thanks for spreading these thoughts with 👍 ❤️ !
Psalms of Life
Remember to share your thoughts and comments.
We really love to hear your “Voice”.
Until next time.
Can they survive together?
This topic is huge. So huge in fact, in order to understand it totally, one would have to research and study a good long time to begin to see all of the nuances.
Let me be clear; I am no expert. I am no professional.
What I am, is an adult female who was diagnosed in adulthood with adult onset ADD.
“I thought I Was Stupid” is a really good article on the struggle of women with ADD/ADHD.
And growing up, I DID think I was stupid, when the truth was quite the opposite. I would finish my work early, then wander around the room and disturb those who were still working.
I never learned to study, so what happened was that at that very early age, when the neuron pathways were still being connected, without proper focus, I was self teaching my mind to wander.
Those connections were being made, but not exactly correctly.
This is not to say that everyone begins the same way. There are so many different scenarios that could happen. I simply believe that this is how it began with me.
Back in the day, no one was talking about this. The research just wasn’t there. We didn’t give little Johnny, or little Debbie extra work to do.
We did not guide them in the direction of their gifting. We did not “Play to their strength.”
We told them to sit down, sit still, behave, be quiet or write 500 times on the chalk board “I will stay in my seat during class.” Stop being a brat.
Consequently, at least in my case, my brain went everywhere, like monkeys in a tree, or a fart in a skillet. Everywhere except where it was supposed to be.
I would doodle. I would hum. I would whistle. I would tap my feet.
What a stupid thing – to not be able to focus. There must be something terribly wrong with me.
This is turning into a lot of words, but I need you to understand what was going on, not for me, but for yourself!
Some boys my age were diagnosed with ADD, rarely, but girls? Almost never.
“At the end of the day, if you’re just dealing with ADD, that’s great,” Solden said. “But most women—because they weren’t diagnosed as children, because they didn’t have hyperactivity or were smart—grew up absorbing a lot of wounds and shame. These women are often twice exceptional. They have incredible strengths and are really smart and creative, but they have these struggles that nobody understands, including them.” Sari Solden
Read – They had to work twice as hard!
Please read HERE for more on ADD/ADHD.
Like I said, I was diagnosed as an adult.
Here is my back story, at least in part.
Finding the doctor that I found was simply a miracle. All others before her told me I was depressed. Told me I was anxious. Told me I was something. You’ll get over it. Well I’d spent my entire life this way, so I probably was not going to just get over it.
She wanted to do a different kind of test. One for adult onset ADD.
I took a very long test followed by some in depth counseling with her, and the findings were conclusive.
This indeed was my issue; Mild enough to not be dangerous, but strong enough to keep things from settling in my brain. I did correct her about the “adult onset” part. She agreed I was most likely right.
She prescribed a low dose, medication that worked by “improving the way parts of the brain communicate with each other.”
Over some time, a year or so, I saw much improvement.
I was able to actually train myself to sit quietly in my chair by the window, and calm my thoughts, and actually follow through on finding what God had in store for my life.
My doctor and I decided that since the medication had showed me how it felt to string two thoughts together, what calm(er) felt like and what it felt like to focus, perhaps I could wean off of the medication.
I did so successfully.
I had made some Quiet time rituals. I follow them to this day;
To close, I would like to say that EVERY day may not be successful, but I can tell you that when I began the art of “Quietude” ANY day that there was a space for quiet was a success!
Nowadays, I do have to keep track of things closely.
I still forget sometimes that “Quiet” is what I need.
On those days, like I’ve said here on this blog before – two minutes – six minutes -ten – Whatever I can do to make it work.
Introvert, Extrovert – Does not matter. Every one can benefit from a few minutes of quietness in their day.
I must tell you, YOU can overcome the issues keeping you from a quiet space.
The effort that you pour into this endevour will pay you back a thousand times over.
Because of this prolonged practice, I believe that moments that SHOULD stress me out, don’t. I believe it’s because of accumulated Quiet time.
Thanks for reading.
See you next time!
Toxic Thinking Although I did not buy the product, I DID buy the idea, and so went on a journey of my own to detoxify my mind.
“75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.”Dr. Caroline Leaf
What are Toxic Thoughts, and how do I get rid of them?
“Consciously control your thought life and start to detox your brain!” Medical research increasingly points to the fact that thinking and consciously controlling your thought life is one of the best ways, if not the best way of detoxing your brain. It allows you to get rid of those toxic thoughts and emotions that can consume and control your mind.
On Dr. Leaf’s About page, she gives several examples of questions to consider when beginning to get rid of toxic thoughts. Feel free to stop now, and visit the link to see her questions.
Now that you’ve seen the questions, you may be wondering just exactly how they will be helpful in your search for “Quietude”?
Here’s the thing; When ever these thoughts are present in our minds, our minds become like a playground. Those thoughts are like the littles all running and jumping around! They are raucous and noisy. Some are ill mannered and disrespectful.
At any rate, it is near impossible to contain all of their activity without a plan.
So with the help of one of Dr. Leaf’s questions, we can begin.
Here is a sample of beginning to control at least one of those thought patterns.
The question I chose for this example was #5;
How much is speculation taking out of your day?
Back in the beginning, before I began to transform/renew my mind, I really had no idea just how much time and energy I spent running ideas, thoughts, speculations through there.
Now I’m not dissing the thought part, what I am dissing, is all the time and energy I spent mulling over the things I either A. Didn’t have the answer for or B. That I had no control over.
When I learned to recognize those thoughts, and then refused to give them time, it actually freed up a lot of space in my head. (And energy in my body!)
It did not happen overnight, but over time, with practice, and I might add, the Word of God, my mind (at least in the area of worrying) became a little more quiet.
I did find that reading a Proverb from the Bible every single day, helped me to isolate some of those random thoughts and concerns. (Thirty one days in a month, thirty one Proverbs – neat how that works!)
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Now choose another question.
Note; Working on too many of these questions at the same time may not be helpful, but one or two I found to be very doable.
After a bit, you will no doubt come up with questions of your own to consider. Everyone is different.
At first it may seem counterproductive to add more questions to your already noisy mind.
However, it has been my experience, that once the answers are reached, then the mind actually will begin to quiet itself down, because it is no longer trying to figure out a hundred things a minute!
Little by little, toxic thinking shrinks and shrinks, and thinking that produces and brings life takes its place.
Join me next time as we take a brief look at the effect that ADD/ADHD and the like have on building up our quiet time.
Hello again “Quietude” seekers.
In this post you will find;
The article from HuffPost states that a World Health Organization report called noise pollution a “modern plague“. The article says that;
This, put another way, is the same thing as transforming, or renewing your mind, and stated in Romans 12:2 where it says; Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
“Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well.”Florence Nightingale – Founder of modern nursing.
“Silence first began to appear in scientific research as a control or baseline, against which scientists compare the effects of noise or music. Researchers have mainly studied it by accident, as physician Luciano Bernardi did in a 2006 study of the physiological effects of music. “We didn’t think about the effect of silence,” he says. “That was not meant to be studied specifically.” (See link below to continue reading the study.)
This research began by playing quiet music, then “Bernardi and his colleagues discovered that randomly inserted stretches of silence also had a drastic effect, but in the opposite direction. In fact, two-minute silent pauses proved far more relaxing than either “relaxing” music or a longer silence played before the experiment started.”
” The blank pauses that Bernardi considered irrelevant, in other words, became the most interesting object of study. Silence seemed to be heightened by contrasts, maybe because it gave test subjects a release from careful attention. “Perhaps the arousal is something that concentrates the mind in one direction, so that when there is nothing more arousing, then you have deeper relaxation,” he says. “
I found this fascinating – I hope you did too!
“All unhappiness of men, arises from one simple fact; they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.”Blaise Pascal – French mathematician,physicist, inventor, write, theologian.
For the final part of this post, I’ve linked a six minute video without music, just nature sights and sounds.
Won’t you take some time, two minutes, four minutes, six?
See if it has an effect on you.
Can you share what you experienced?
Here are the links and credits for what I have used here;
Next time; Toxic Thoughts
Hope to see you then!