"Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint & purity: these are the disciplines of the mind."
- Bhagavad Gita.
Sometimes being quiet is all you need to rejuvenate yourself. You don't need anything; no people around, no distractions but just being with yourself. This connection with self is very important. It enables reflection, filtering of thoughts and seeing through the things that are happening around us. This comes naturally to introverts because they are inclined to this process by default.
After too much of stimulus from external world, the introvert, the highly sensitive & intuitive person in me seeks solace in silence & reconnecting with my inner self. I love being left alone to recharge, recuperate and bounce back. I find power in being just quiet. When you quieten yourself, you can hear the voice of your soul. You can hone the listening skills which is again a very powerful tool for coaches like me. You can listen for insights, deeper cues when you quieten your mind which is full of reasoning & logic. Sometimes there are things beyond rationality which you need to hear to make the right choices & decisions. Silence has so much to say & offer, if only you are willing to listen.
Let's look at the power of being quiet:
1. Deep internalized processing leads to significant time for reflection. This helps in building self-awareness, self-knowledge & self-acceptance.
2. Heightened observing & listening skills which enables maintaining a physical, social, and emotional distance with others that gives insights into dynamics that are less visible to everyone.
3. Better monitoring of self & ones emotions.
4. Better perspective-taking gives a deeper understanding of what others are experiencing.
Putting ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us is the key, quotes Susan Cain, the author of New York Times bestseller, Quiet Power.
Do listen to this TED Talk by Susan Cain on the power of introverts, Quiet Power.
The crux is picking up the right mix required for us to be better versions of ourselves. Whatever serves us, you should welcome that. The power of quiet is profound, we all need to imbibe this.
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