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Published on: January 26, 2011 |

All Quiet on the Set! By: YourWebMom

All Quiet on the Set!

By YourWebDad

Ever wonder if that’s gonna happen?

We may have little kids or bigger kids that seem to make noise constantly.

We have become people who prefer noise … background music, a fan humming, anything that lets us know there is life around us and – all-too-often -- also distracts us.

But we worry that when it’s too quiet, we’ll start playing our old tapes of self deprecation and self doubt and unbelief. The quiet allows us to mull things over, usually the bad things that have happened. The only way to avoid that is to be distracted from it.

In his book, “When We Hurt,” author Philip Yancey offers some sound advice on dealing with the emotional roller coaster that often seems to run our lives. Yancey notes that it was Dr. Hans Selye who was the true pioneer in discovering the impact of emotions on health. He found that anxiety and depression can trigger attacks of pain or intensify pain that is already present. But, he also discovered that “gratitude is the single response most nourishing to health,” Yancey writes. (YWM Note: Check out our Gratitude Gallery for more on the benefits of  gratitude.)

Imagine developing an attitude of gratitude as the defense mechanism to keep us from dwelling on pain, on life’s negatives, on our fear of peace and quiet. Yes, I said it. Maybe we fear peace and quiet and that’s why we never let ourselves have it. If you are unfamiliar with the gratitude concept, please see that specific section on this website. Great suggestions, good lessons.

Yancey also suggests we develop spiritual discipline. Drawing on activity developed by religious orders during the Middle Ages, which he characterized as “a time of chaos and great suffering,” Yancey looks to prayer, meditation and fasting. He writes that he likes meditation because it is an act of the mind that triggers physiological changes in the body. Among those healthful changes are “a gradual lowering of the heart and respiratory rates, changes in brain wave patterns, a general decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity,” he writes.

Here’s the bonus: “Tense muscles relax, and a state of inner stress gives way to calmness,” according to Yancey. All from prayer, meditation and relaxing.  More details are available in his book:  "When We Hurt: Prayer, Preparation & Hope for Life’s Pain.” © 2006 by The Zondervan Corporation”

So, if you’re struggling to get it all “quiet on the set,” work first on finding that inner peace that will give you the quiet you so desperately seek.

YourWebDad

 
 
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By: mortonpixie

Good stuff - YWD.  Some days, I hafta use the trusty old earplugs, though. laugh


 
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