L3: Be Quiet and Listen

When DJ Kool Herc founded Hip Hop, he realized that people came alive during the breaks – the momentary gaps in the music he played as a DJ. When finding any rhythm, the quiet spaces where there is an absence of sound, light, or matter is often what defines the tenor of the movement from moment to moment.

When we are still and quiet, beauty and peace have the opportunity to emerge. In our stillness, life’s true meaning is revealed.

Listening to our hearts, other people, and nature leads us to deepen our understanding, acquire knowledge, and grow in our wisdom. Listening is the process of accepting and absorbing what is offered to us and allowing it to melt into our being so that we are transformed. When we listen, we resist the urge to control and commandeer conversations and activities; instead, we allow everything around us – divine energy, nature, our friends and family – the opportunity to infiltrate and influence every aspect of our lives.

We live in a loud, busy world where it is easy to get caught up in a frenetic pace chasing after multiple ideas and things. Sometimes, we forget what we are looking for or, if we remember, we forget why it was important to us in the beginning. Give yourself the gift of time to reflect on your motivations, desires, and purpose to add meaning to your daily routine and to ensure that your actions are aligned with your deepest values.

Silence creates the space needed for new ideas to blossom. When we constantly think, do, and react, the creative process is suffocated. Silence and stillness provide the energy needed to invigorate inspiration and innovation. Your composed countenance will have a calming effect on all of the people around you, too!

There are many ways that you can find quiet time within your daily schedule. Start and end the day with a few minutes of meditation or prayer. Connect with nature by gardening, hiking, or birdwatching. Allow yourself a break when you are working – a real break. Pause and take some time to reflect during or after meetings before making important decisions. Take time to smell the literal and figurative roses.

Be still. Be quiet. Be open. Set a new pace in your life – one where you can feel your soul emerge in the breaks.

4 thoughts on “L3: Be Quiet and Listen

  1. Quai Franklin says:

    What a coincidence… I was recently thinking about the value of quiet. Funny thing, the show “Up All Night” recently had one of the main characters saying “Only the quiet mind can truly be in the now.” Wisdom often comes from unexpected sources and this quote really reached me.

    I think you’re quite right and this is excellent advice. When I curb my desire to fill every moment with input or output from my mind I do tend to get more creative, feel more peace within, and that effect does spread to those around me.

    I am so grateful for this blog. It’s really rare to find those who think along the same wavelength that I do. So thank you!

    • jrdreistadt says:

      Thanks so much for sharing that quote, and for being a part of this community. I am grateful that you read my writing and engage in conversation. It is wonderful to find others who are like-minded so that we can learn from each other.

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