"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling
through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a
channel into which all other thoughts are
drained." -- Arthur Somers Roche
"Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities." -- Woman's Home Companion, December 1935
"If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life." -- Josephine Rathbone
"In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It's the place of reflection and contemplation, and it's the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way." -- Angeles Arrien
"My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword." -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." -- Lily Tomlin
"Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously." -- Norman Vincent Peale
fast pace of life, too many of us have no
sense of how it feels to be free of stress.
Racing through life is addictive. If we stay
in high gear too long, we lose our ability
to shift down. High stress triggers negative
emotions like frustration, impatience, anger
and fear. And when we're stressed, we can't
access happiness, appreciation, fun,
compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty
and other wonderful qualities.
If our schedule is always packed, our minds and bodies don't have time to rest. Stress is directly linked to the way we think. We get lost in critical, fearful, obsessive thoughts and our experience of life matches the turmoil within.
If our minds are always busy, they don't get time to do basic maintenance - to sort, tidy up and take out the trash. If we don't periodically create space in our minds, there's no room for new ideas to be noticed and take root. How can we hear our wise voice of intuition if we are always thinking, talking and distracted by outer events?
Sages all say that the path to liberation is found in entering the stillness within. To experience that stillness, we need to be willing to regularly stop the activity for a while. Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.
Where do you need to say 'no' to create some time for solitude and silence?
"All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone." -- Blaise Pascal
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