From time-to-time, things get noisy in my life. I have written before about how this affects me. Granted, there has been a lot of stuff happening in my real life which I suppose complicates things somewhat.
When things get to that point, I check out – something that is incredibly difficult for me. I am someone who is naturally curious. I love media. I love current affairs. I love engaging with people online, especially people that I would probably NEVER engage with in real life.
So when I get to this point, then I cut out all social media. I stop watching the news. I listen to calming music. I pray a lot more. I meditate. I try to fit in some yoga. I make time to be quiet and listen. I make an effort to connect with my family and friends (like in the flesh). I take steps to nurture every little part of myself. I may even watch something funny just so I can laugh out of my belly for a bit. All of these things DO help tremendously. I make an effort to write the old fashioned way (with a pen and paper) and I make more effort to create with my hands. My knitting needles (and now my crochet hook) work overtime when I get to this point.
The past two weeks have just been WAY too noisy.
I think that a lot of it has to do with the news. I am a Feeler so am forced to filter my news A LOT but lately it’s been a bit difficult to maintain the filtered status when everyone (even in my real life) is talking about Israel/Gaza, kids being shelled on beaches, airplanes being shot down, kids being kidnapped, drug addicts committing heinous crimes, gangsters shooting kids, kids being victims of hijackings and subsequent murders.
I deactivated my FB account today because of the noise. Also because I hardly even like some of the people on there. I have outgrown more than half of them and I was starting to get very annoyed with the Gaza/Israel debates. Sigh. It seems like the debaters are forgetting that real people are actually dying already! I am rarely on twitter and I check in for a few minutes every day. IF I remember.
it’s time to stop the noise. It’s time to take a step back.
I spoke to my friend at work about this. She told me that her daughter is on a 10-day meditation retreat in Worcester. I know it sounds long but 10 days of sacrifice for a lifetime of improvement is really nothing for me. I have done “silent weekends” before and I LOVED it. It did me the world of good and so of course I was interested!
I asked her to please send me the details, and in my mind I was already planning schedules for the kids. I looked at the link and although I think I would be OK, I also feel that this particular setup may be a bit too restrictive. I am not allowed to bring a phone along and therefore won’t even be allowed to contact my kids. I need to at least call them to say goodnight, yes? I can’t even bring a book to read at night. On the bright side, they eat vegetarian so I can lose some weight! See where my mind is??
Right now I am busy googling something similar that runs over a weekend.
Would you do 10 days of complete silence and meditation? Would you be OK with not having any contact with any family members for those 10 days? How do you check out when things in your life become too noisy? How do you cope when there’s too much noise?