Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quiet Time

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




Today I'm writing about something we all get far too little of each day...




Reading can seem like quiet time to some. Or some people even use the drive to work for a little peace and quiet. But how often do we just sit in quiet contemplation?




Scientists say quiet time is good for us, giving our brains the downtime they need. But how many of us can really sit and stare silently, even when the scenery around us is breathtaking?




Do you ever sit in silence and do absolutely nothing?

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31 comments:

  1. You are SO RIGHT!
    I find it difficult to just sit in quiet contemplation... not for more than 30 minutes anyway... there's always something to do...

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  2. Sigh...quiet time. It's a rare commodity, but OH how I love it!

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  3. Hi, Stephanie,

    I'm in need of some quiet time. Definitely don't make enough, but I know it's good for me.

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  4. So true! My brain needs quiet. When I run, I listen to music but I still consider it my "quiet time." :)

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  5. I need some serious quiet time soon. I don't do it enough and life has recently gotten so crazy that I really need to just sit in silence for a while.

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  6. I value my quiet time much more these days, Stephanie - such a rare commodity it appears! :)

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  7. "Do you ever sit in silence and do absolutely nothing?"

    What a completely unfathomable thought. :)

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  8. If I have any downtime I read, so I don't know if that counts. I can't imagine just sitting and doing nothing for any amount of time, I don't think I'd like it actually. Great post for the letter 'Q' :)

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  9. I sometimes float in the pool in the summer and do nothing but think. When I'm lucky to have the place to myself. But I usually cut it short because I feel the press of things I need to do.

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  10. Amen. I almost never just SIT. Even if I'm relaxing, I'm reading or watching TV or chatting with someone. I do need more quiet time!

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  11. It is tough! Why? Our power went out today for quite a while and it was most of the city! I have no Ipad or pod or any other contraption except for my pay as you go phone whicb is 10 yrs old:) I had no music and it was a challenge but then I looked outside and sat and then created a card. Quiet time is needed and we don't even realize it

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  12. Very rarely. I try to find some time in the morning, and I always take at least ten to fifteen minutes at night, but time to sit and do nothing... Wow. I get edgy.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  13. I don't think these days we spend time in quiet contemplation. The way technology is we are always connected or can be connected. I remember years ago walking to school or walking to the store and if alone, you had your thoughts; now people have their phones or other devices with ear buds in; no time just to be quiet and think.

    My favorite thing is a quiet house :)

    betty

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  14. Stephanie,

    We were thinking along the same lines with the Q post. I love the peace and quiet. Even my husband gets noisy, so I'll escape upstairs for a while. He has to have noise, so will have the TV or radio on, or music sometimes.

    I love to read if I'm not working on my book. But I've been known to sit outside and watch the desert out back and listen to nature. We have lots of wildlife.

    Sunni

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  15. Hi Stephanie,
    Quiet Time!
    Very apt subject for the time!
    Yes, its a must time in everyone's life in this busy and noises world.
    Though I do have quite time, but I feel sometimes that, that is not enough. Well said with suitable pics. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks again for dropping at my page :-)
    Phil

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  16. Very true, if I sit in silence I usually have a book.

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  17. I have tried to meditate- clear my mind and purposely do nothing but sit in silence. It's hard! I do love my quiet time though!

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  18. Sigh, what I wouldn't give for some quiet time. A definite indulgence right now. :)

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  19. This week I was in charge of the National Library Week display at my branch. We posted various questions on the wall for patrons to answer by adding comments on post-its. Quiet was the top answer at my branch for "What do you get at your library that you don't get elsewhere?" I don't think it will rank very high when the answers at all 40 branches are combined.

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  20. Stephanie,

    What an interesting topic! I get lots of quiet time in the middle of the night. I frequently wake up and can't get back to sleep. It's a good time to think. I also like getting up early before my family wakes up. I enjoy a cup of tea and some quiet time before the day gets busy.

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  21. I used to take quiet time for granted when I was younger. I could always take off and find space and time that I needed for myself. However, now, with an infant who is solely dependent on me, quiet time is difficult to come by.

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  22. Great post, and with it an equally great thought. Yes, unlike some of the others who have commented, I can and do have quiet moments.
    In 1991, after the cessation of hostilities in the first Gulf War, I walked about three miles across the desert to sit on a damaged Iraqi field gun. I looked down on my own trucks, far away in their own little patch of desert, and I stayed like that for about an hour.
    These days I can sit in the garden for 30 minutes or more, easily, silent and grateful to be here.

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  23. Some people always need noise, music or something, I like quiet. Best part of the day...

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  25. I love my quiet time. My Q word is also Quiet and I have used a similar picture: a man sitting on a rock (maybe its a hilltop)and looking at the scenery. Great minds do think alike :)

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  26. I am, by nature, a quiet person. On the farm when I was in my teens, I went on lone walks to the creek, down to the clover fields.
    Now, I go into my dark room with my migraine, with lavender oil, with white noise, etc., and relax muscles from the head down. God whispers to me, and I remember the verses and promises.

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  27. I love to camp out on my patio lounge chair once the stars are out. Bliss.

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  28. Oh, I love quiet! But with heavy construction going on...I'm craving quiet time!

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  29. I love quiet time and need plenty of it. That's why I get angry at noisy neighbors and pesky phone callers.

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  30. I meditate daily. I can't imagine life without those moments of absolute quiet!

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  31. Not as much as I would like to. I certainly see the need for personal reflection though--I believe it is essential for growth. Just right now, the kids and pets are not interested in giving me that time...

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