The other day, I couldn’t stop staring at this post on instagram which normally wouldn’t be considered a big deal because I often see cool sh!t in my feed. But this one was different. It wasn’t the colorful cheer I usually linger on. It was mostly a blank screen aside from three words –allow white space — written in an ordinary font. So simple and straightforward, yet mesmerizing.
Later, while watching Inside The Writers’ Room, I was again caught up on one tiny sentence. It came from one of the Breaking Bad writers who was talking about their process. He said that it was in the silences when their words spoke. Again, I got stuck on a sentence.
Words Spoken in Silence
Once I put it the two sentences together, the message became clear —I needed to allow some space for silence. And once I do that, I’ll be able to hear my inner voice, the small still voice within, that tells me all I need to know.
As it turned out, last week was incredibly challenging to find space for silence. The kids were on mid-winter break so there was little time for myself. And forget about silence when they’re around. (Imagine the sound of a ball going up against the door every 5 minutes, and you’ve heard the soundtrack of my week.)
But I managed to do it…
Here’s how I found ways to create space for silence.
1. Woke Up Earlier
This is my go-to technique. Although with the kids on break, it wasn’t easy. Who wants to wake up at 6am when you don’t have to? Not me! So early was closer to 7:30. Often M was awake when I came out (he’s an early bird too!), but he’d be quietly reading. Or on his iPad. I could still have time alone to start my day silently.
2. Scheduled It In
Though I couldn’t get to yoga or meditation classes regularly, I did still get there. By buying sessions in advance I’m encouraged to find time on the schedule when I can attend. When I commit to something financially, I’m way more apt to stick with it. On the other days, when taking class wasn’t do-able, I set a reminder on the phone for my home practice…and honored it.
3. Took The Long Way Home
After the kids and I saw Untapped, we decided to walk home instead of taking the train. While it didn’t provide space to hear my inner voice, it was a nice way for me and the kids to connect…which was obviously what I needed to do.
How do you allow space for silence?
(image via this_splendid_life instagram)