Thursday, April 20, 2017

A to Z of Happiness: Q - Quietude #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

Most people, when asked about their top 5 sources of inspiration, will list 'laying in bed', 'taking a shower', and 'a quiet walk'. What is common between these three sources? The quiet.

We live in times where quietude is a rarer commodity than real estate! Honks of traffic, TV debates, mobile phones buzzing at every Whatsapp message... that's the world we live in. Add to it the silent (i.e. non-verbal) chatter of social media. Constant information bombardment! Even when we are alone, our minds keep replaying most of this chatter back to us. And we probably don't even need to know 99.99% of this information, but because they occupy so much space in our mind all the time, we often miss hearing the 0.01% that actually might be useful for us.


Quietude

When I was in Patna, we stayed at one of the busiest intersections of the town. Right in the middle of the market. But when we moved to Jaipur, we selected an apartment towards the outer end of the town. Know why? Because of the greenery, the clean air, and the quiet. After years, I could finally hear the sound of birds chirping in the morning, instead of the honks of school buses.

What is the co-relation between quietness and happiness? What positive effects do peace and quiet have on our life?


5 Ways In Which Quietude Leads To Happiness


  1. Quietude Abates Anxiety

    While it's true that man is a social animal, it is also true that we need a little bit of peace and quiet too, to function optimally. Constant noise sends our mind into hyper-drive, whereas quiet surroundings have a settling effect on our minds. With practice, of course we can learn to quiet our minds even at noisy parties and busy malls, but for most of us, CALMNESS (covered under 'C') comes easier in undisturbed silence.


  2. Quietude Sparks Creativity.

    It is in silence that we are able to reach into the most creative and resourceful parts of our subconscious minds. That's when we are able to find solutions to our most challenging problems. That's when the "bulb goes on". That's why most of us find our muse in the stillness of mind. INSPIRATION (covered under 'I'), apparently, speaks in low volumes.


  3. Quietude Increases Awareness.

    Quiet and peaceful environments create a stillness within us. When our mind is not jumping around all over the place, like a hyperactive kid, we begin to notice things more. We become more aware of our surroundings and of ourselves. We are able to individually identify all the thoughts and feelings crossing our consciousness. In short, we become MINDFUL. (Covered under 'M'.)


  4. Quietude Cuts The Negativity.

    In my personal experience, too much of "connectedness" with the world only exposes us more to negativity. Be it TV or social media, or even social calls and visits. Most of the time, we only end up gossiping about others or comparing ourselves with others. I remember, during the few occasions when I went off Facebook for a month or more, I've been the most productive and most self-content. We need such moments of quiet to DISREGARD (covered under 'D') the negativity in our life.


  5. Quietude Intensifies Learning.

    Quiet environments facilitate alpha and theta brain states, the state of heightened learning and concentration, of insights and intuition. Children are naturally in alpha state most of the time, but, as we grow older, our default brain state shifts to beta, the state of reasoning and alertness. Beta is the state where we apply what we've learnt, but for absorption of KNOWLEDGE (covered under 'K'), we need to be in alpha.


In silence, the world seems full of possibilities. In silence, the past and future cease to exist, and we become content in the now. In silence, we hear voices we never get to hear in the rush and turmoil of life.

Quietude is perhaps a stimulating conversation for our spirit.

How much peace and quiet do you require in a day? Several hours or just a few minutes? How do you take a break from the noise of technology these days?

This is my 17th post for A to Z of Happiness.

I have completed this challenge once before, and published it as a kindle ebook. You can get it on amazon: A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.

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38 comments:

Susanne Matthews said...

I do my best writing in silence. Find me here. LINK

Leslie Moon said...

I agree that we need more quietude in our lives. I am living in a noisy apartment complex and cant wait to move to peace and Quiet.
Happy A to Zing
A Piece of Uganda

M. Denise C. said...

Wonderful blog, Chicky. Will definitely follow you!

the little princess said...

Such a relevant point. We are so lost in the noise around us that we fail to hear what's important.

Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

Molly of Molly's Canopy said...

Nice post. Living in a big city now, I miss the country quiet of my childhood. BTW, bought your A to Z of Blogging -- really enjoying it!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chicky - I love quietude ... spend my life along this road. I enjoy when I'm lucky enough to be in this position. I know when my Ma and my uncle were both terminally ill ... for some years - my quietude came when I was out shopping perhaps or even home ... one day I was in a supermarket queue - just waiting in quietude - an assistant asked if I wanted to check myself through ... I looked vacantly at her and said I was happy waiting - it was my brain space (rudely interrupted - though she didn't know that!) ... the 'noise' just went over my head - I just needed my little quietude ... Cheers Hilary

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Weekends in Maine said...

It is so much harder to find quiet in today's world. I think it is one reason I enjoy hiking so much. It is quiet, peaceful and a great time to reflect on things.

Anita said...

Truly!
I love the quiet time I get to spend doing my own thing :)
'Don't QUIT' #AtoZChallenge

Irfanuddin said...

That's why in olden days people used to go in Jungles in search of peace...but again man is a social animal so can't always go to jungles so one has to adjust somehow in the given situation and look for calmness...
Interesting post :)

Vinodini Iyer said...

I need my hours of quietude in the day. But there are times I look forward to seeing the civilisation. The magic of stillness is surely not to be overlooked.

Geetika Gupta said...

Yes! We all need those moments to be with ourselves and get energized for the world! If we're always occupied by someone or the other all the time, no wonder we're going to lose our minds!

Cheers
BoisterousBee

tulika singh said...

Quietude is a precious commodity these days. Somedays I ask the kids to sit quietly for five minutes, just five, and you should see them squirming with their eyes on the clock.

Cathy Graham said...

Great post, Chicky. I'll try and get over to read your other posts. Sorry. I'm getting a bit behind and don't even ask about me replying to comments. EEK! Way behind on that. Luckily I don't get many comments which is both a good and a bad thing depending on how you look at it. *GRIN*

Great points about the benefits of Quietude. I totally agree. As an Introvert, I need my downtime and that includes Quietude away from noise and distraction. That said, I am still on the Internet too much but I try to get out for a walk every day with the dog. That helps clear my head and is good for me. Sitting all day isn't good for me.

Good post. I am enjoying your posts and tidbits of wisdom. Keep em coming!

Meal to the Heart said...

Agreed with the power of quietude and following it a lot
Interesting post, enjoyed a lot
Thanks for sharing
Dr Bushra
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Gail Park said...

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear." Great quote. It also connotes being a good listen. I've gotten into meditation a bit, and I find it's more useful if I don't have any "relaxation" music playing, but just listen to the sounds of silence.
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Making Life an Art

Emily Bloomquist said...

Three months ago, we moved from the beach to the mountains. From a small fishing village to a city. We are moving back in three months. We miss ocean sounds and birds in the morning. City sounds are not for me.

Emily | My Life In Ecuador

Chicky Kadambari said...

Same here, Susanne. Thank you for visiting :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! A noisy apartment can be very unproductive for us writers, Leslie! I hope you are able to move to a quieter place soon! Thank you for visiting :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Denise :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

We do, Princess. Thank you :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! It must be all the more difficult for you, Molly, 'coz you've had a taste of the quiet country life!
Thank you for buying my book! :D
I hope you find it useful. Please feel free to write to me in case of any questions.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Hilary! That happens with me too. I just tend to "space out" at times!
Family illness is such a heart-wrenching experience, when your loved ones are suffering and you can't do anything to help. Sorry you had to go through that! :(

Chicky Kadambari said...

@Weekends in Maine: Oh yes, hiking can be a very peaceful experience. I've never had any hiking trails or groups close by, but I do enjoy going for walks.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Me too, Anita! I'm very possessive about it! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

Sometimes, I wish I could do that too... take off to a jungle or some Himalayan monastery, you know! Sighhhh!
Thank you for stopping by, Irfanuddin!

Chicky Kadambari said...

"Magic". That's the word, Vinodini! Thank you :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh I definitely tend to lose my mind, Geets! I NEED my alone time like a drug!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! I love your kids, Tulika! Pack them off to Jaipur when you need a break! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Cathy, I have skipped two posts (L and P)! I will come back to them later! :p

I finally caught up with the replies to comments here. So that's one thing off from my pending-tasks list!

Having a dog is just so good in so many ways! I wish to own a German Shepherd some day.

I'm so happy you are enjoying my posts this month. Thank you! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Dr. Bushra! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Gail. Meditation is so much more effective without any background music!
Thank you for visiting! :)

Sreesha Divakaran said...

As an introvert, I love my moments of quiet. Yes, that is exactly where we think, and we reach into that well of creativity. Sometimes, those lightbulb moments happen in the unlikeliest of places, as long as it's all quiet...

Sara C. Snider said...

Great post. I definitely need the quiet. I didn't know that about brain waves and learning. Fascinating! And I feel the same way about Facebook. Less is more, in that regard. ;)

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Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! City sounds are so annoying as it is, but coming from a small village by the ocean to a city... that must make them so much more unbearable. I'm glad to hear that you're moving back, Emily! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Totally agree, Sreesha! Btw, you don't have a well of creativity... you have an entire ocean! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

Do read up about them, Sara. It's quite interesting actually! And I'm planning to go off Facebook after a month! Phewwww!

Menaka Bharathi said...

It is very true Kadambari, the more you speak the more you miss. Very nice word choice.
Launching SIM Organics This April

*Menaka Bharathi *

*SimpleIndianMom*

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thanks you, Menaka! Happy AtoZing! :)

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