What does quiet sound like?
Many of us would probably say that quiet is…you know…quiet. That is, there’s an absence of sound. But quiet is much more than that.
The quiet I’m speaking of is the quiet of our minds. It’s peace of mind that is free from tumult and disturbance. And it’s extremely powerful if we learn how to harness the practice for daily growth and development.
The world constantly assaults our senses with billboards, TVs, computers, and phones that put more technology in the palm of our hands than the Apollo Spacecraft. We are allowing reality stars and actors to teach us how our lives should be run. Is this what a sophisticated society is headed for?
If that’s progress, then why are we more and more stressed out? Why are we running ragged? Why are we feeling overwhelmed, burned out, and tired? We survive off of energy drinks and hormone treatments because we’ve lost our way. We don’t know ourselves and have no clue of what’s really important. Society has taught us the wrong things about what truly matters.
And there’s another great question. What truly matters? What matters to you in your life? Is it stuff? Is it climbing the ladder of success? What’s your ladder of success? Is your job where you find the ladder? Do you find the ladder at home with your family? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Have you thought about these things? If not, why? Quiet your mind and think. The answers are there but we must slow down and find peace.
The success of life is not found in the quagmire of busyness. It’s found in the quiet. The peace. The place we go and find true life. Intensity is the killer of all that is awesome in life. Creativity. Love. Living. Connection. Growth. Development. They all suffer in the craziness we choose, but they can thrive like a flower in the spring when we find peace.
So, where do we find peace? We won’t find it in a car or in our wisdom. We won’t find it in a house, in money, in a job, or in books. We won’t find it through our own strength. I tried finding it through all those things as well and all I found was frustration, confusion and anger.
“For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.”
Please, don’t get me wrong. I have no issue with achievement. We should want to achieve, but we must understand why we want to achieve. We must have a reason for our drive and passion. And if we can find the reason for our existence, we can find peace; true, enduring, powerful peace that passes all understanding.
The men of Junto Tribe understand that we find this peace when we allow the Prince of Peace into our hearts. Jesus is His name and He is the answer. I can’t explain the power He brings but I can tell you it’s real. If we can just let go and let Him in fully, we will see how our lives can change. All we have to lose is the burden we’ve been carrying our entire lives. We must drop it! Let it go! We must accept Him into our hearts.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what will you eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life...But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow…”
-Matthew 6:25, 27, 33-34