Simple and Still

Cannon Beach

The holiday season can get out of hand, and instead of being joyful it can become stressful. The best way to combat this is to stop doing so much. Try and keep the gift giving, social engagements, and even baking, simple. Don’t try to keep up with what your friends, family, and co-workers are doing. Don’t feed your expectations. Just keep your life simple.

Give yourself the gift of silence. Get very still and listen. When we are still everything becomes clearer. The universe speaks to us, and in the silence, we can actually hear. Make time for “You” by being still and just breathe in life.

May this holiday season and 2020 bring all of you a happy and balanced life that is fully lived without excuses or regrets.



Listen not only with your ears, but your eyes—your whole body.

Listen to the voice within.

“Listen to your heart. It knows everything.”  ~ Paulo Coelho

Listen to what’s not being said; to the silence all around you.

“The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.” ~ Rumi

Listen to nature it’s desperately trying to get your attention and tell you something you need to hear.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Dass

Listen carefully to the children.

“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” ~ Cheryl Richardson

Pay attention to the children because they are the future and the last hope for this precious planet.

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.” ~ Kate Chopin

Are you listening?


“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal

Do you take time in your day for silence? You should. Only in silence can you really feel present and mindful and connected to your Spirit. Busy days full of too much activity and constant noise can take us away from who we really are. We get lost in the hustle of day-to-day events like appointments, sporting events and helping with homework, etc. We need several minutes of complete silence to bring us back to mindfulness and back to the who we really are.

Too much noise whether it be from the neighbor’s lawn mower to traffic, or even the children’s loud voices can rip right through us. We can start feeling irritated, nervous, or just plain sick. When this happens, we need to find a place to feel the silence. There is nothing more calming than experiencing the beauty of silence on your poor nervous system. This is where you can regenerate yourself and be a better you.

Some people are afraid to take the time for silence; some are not sure they can quiet their busy minds. All you have to do is find a peaceful place and close your eyes–it’s very much like meditating. Let your busy mind just wander. Don’t try to stop the thoughts. Just see them and let them go. If it helps, you can think of a beautiful calm image like a waterfall, etc. But that can also be forcing your mind to be quiet and it works better if you just let the thoughts wander off on their own.

Don’t be afraid to take the time for silence. Every minute of your life should not be filled up with noise and activities. It’s healthy to get reconnected with your Spirit–the who you really are, and you can only do that in the deep silence of your life.

I marvel every morning if I wake up to silence. I hold it dear to my heart because I know it won’t last long. That’s what I love about the first snow–everything is quiet. If I don’t take some time in my day for silence, I get cranky, and that’s not the real me. So, I make sure to find time for those little silent minutes to reconnect and rejuvenate.

Embrace the silence in your life and be one with your Spirit; the quality of your life depends on it.