It's something we talk about wanting more of in our lives. It often seems elusive.
Yet, in the moments when we do find it, we don't know what to do. We experience it so rarely that we're almost afraid when it happens.
Especially in our world of constant connection, it can be difficult to find silence. Our phones continually reminding us of every email, every text, right as they arrive. Drawing us away from the moment and out of any chance of silence for any time.
Why do we live with this struggle?
Why do we crave silence and run from it at the same time?
We crave silence because we were made to need it. We weren't made to be in constant contact. We need the true rest that can only come from silence.
But, those are the times when we come face-to-face with things we may not like about ourselves, our relationships, or our lives. As long as we keep moving and keep busy, we don't have to face those things. But, as soon as it slows down, we all of a sudden have to look at those things. We can no longer avoid them.
We need to learn to embrace the times of silence in our lives. Even to become intentional about creating that space, rather than running from it.
It will be hard and uncomfortable at first. We may want to be anywhere else, do anything else. But, if we'll stick with it, it will be worth it. We can get to the point of embracing silence, of regularly creating it. And our lives will be better for it.