Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When I walk into people’s homes where the tv seems to always be on, I can’t help but think to myself, “Why all the noise? How can they think clearly?” 
When it comes up in conversation, people explain that having the tv on in the “background” helps them to avoid feeling alone and that the background noise is soothing. Not saying this is true for everyone…  but if you do you do this, why? Are you aware that you do this? What happens if all of the noise stopped? Would there be an uncomfortable silence? Would you be willing to try to stop and sit with this feeling?  Please let me know what you discover.
If you find that you are a bit stressed, out of breath and/or little accidents or incidents are irritating you – Stop! When things around you aren’t flowing it means that you are out of alignment with the moment and not fully conscious in the now. You are reacting and not using your power to choose.
Reduce the stimulus in your environment, turn everything off and sit down for a moment in complete silence. Quietly focus internally, breathing deeply and listen to your thoughts as though you are an observer. Observe yourself in your environment, see yourself sitting and thinking. Repeat the word peace several times until your body reflects that feeling and you relax peacefully.
“May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” Mother Theresa
We have so many gifts to share with the world, stop the distractions and “noise”. Instead listen and follow your heart, be guided by joy! Embrace Your Life! 

Kelly MacLellan M.Sc.