Can’t Stand the Quiet?

The Logical Heart Knows Best

Some people say they can’t stand the quiet. There always has to be background noise, the TV or music playing. Or we’re constantly on the computer, phone, chatting, gaming. How can one hear the logical heart with constant external stimulation? Why are we so driven to distraction?

Sometimes when I have a stretch of free time, I become overwhelmed with the choices of how to best use it. I get frantic trying to decide. We have so many activities and choices, technology, and to-do lists. So many ways to divide and keep us scattered, unfocused, and unconscious of what’s in our best interests. We cannot slow down and get in touch with our souls and listen to what may be better for us.

This world is so extravagantly abundant. How to choose? With so many attractive opportunities vying for attention, what takes priority? In times where I feel pressured to accomplish in a frenzy, I have consciously done the opposite. I have decided to first regain peace, get centered, and then choose.

More often I end up doing nothing because being overly busy and anxious means it is time to take a step back, rejuvenate, then reevaluate. Get back in touch with the real me. Anything that is putting a damper on my joy, inspiration, freedom, and creativity must be examined and remedied if possible.

For example… there are so many choices about how to live, what is healthiest, what about the environment, there are so many factors to consider, it can frustrate us when trying to do the best thing. So I decided if it was making my life too complicated, I had to let some things go.

First-world problems, but too many choices can complicate life, as can too much doing. Sacrificing by doing for others and neglecting self, excessive activity to keep up with the Joneses, hedonism, addictions, and mindless activities can isolate us from the logical heart of our souls.

We in a world of abundance become limited and boxed in because we can’t hear ourselves and don’t want to. It seems easier to seek the physical, concrete, tangible aspects for relief. Or easier to let the world tell us what we should do, giving our power away. With the view, “All this spirituality and meditation is too woo-woo and boring. It’s just brainwashing and is not reality.” We are not being responsible for living a life that is true to our deepest wishes, loving desires, and greatest joy.

I wonder why some want constant stimulation? I wonder if maybe we are running from our truths and avoiding facing ourselves, denying and deceiving ourselves and trying to find relief in buying the next new thing, obsessing over, being scandalized about news/media, politics/religion, criticizing others/gossip, escaping by paying attention and taking part in fleeting external trivia which has little to do with overall life satisfaction, joy, and personal growth.

Am I really gonna remember this at the end of my life? What matters most? If I am still and quiet with myself, what do I hear? What am I thinking and feeling? Is there a void that I can’t seem to fill? What am I afraid of? Is something missing?

When I decided that something had to give, I slowed down and created space by simplifying my life, then I could hear myself and could be honest with myself. I was willing to stop and just be so I could catch up with my logical heart and hear my truth. Yes, I had demons to face in my habits of thought and yes; I was seeking for that missing something.

I sought external things to find relief, but the tugging emptiness like something was missing would never relent. I had become dependent on outer aspects of life to fill me, to cause good feelings, but they were not lasting. Pretty soon I was searching again with nothing quite satisfying. Often wanting to escape, to just get away from it all. I couldn’t figure it out. I had to allow myself to just be for long stretches of time to regain my sense of self.

What do I mean by “just be?” I told myself there was nothing I absolutely had to do, that I was free to choose. I did not have to meet anyone else’s expectations. That I could live simply and take time to breathe and explore myself. I had spent my whole life trying to become what I believed was expected of me, now it was my turn to figure out what it was I really wanted, who I really was because if I didn’t then I could expect more of the unexpected like health scares. I had become disconnected from myself, driven to distraction by running away from unhealed traumas and allowing others’ and society’s perceived expectations to rule me. That something missing? Well, it was me.

In the quiet, you can hear yourself, and if honest, I bet there are some pretty unhealthy thoughts whirling around and perhaps maybe some wildly intrusive ones as well. We don’t talk about it because people may judge and condemn us.

There are also healthy, unconditionally loving, flowing, warm, uplifting thoughts. Thankfully, these are ones we can trust, those from our logical hearts. What I heard when I finally got honest with myself was shocking. I really did not love and approve of myself. I was telling myself some pretty hopeless and hurtful things. I had some inner wounds that needed healing. I finally faced my fears and allowed what I was afraid of to be known by me and realized I had a lot of pain, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness.

My thoughts were unloving of me, with a heap of self-loathing. I placed blame and judged certain aspects of life which really did not serve my well-being at all. I had become resistant to the flow of life by reliving thoughts/hurts/stories from the past and blaming judging things in the present and was afraid of the future, of the what-ifs.

Once I owned up to this negative pattern of thinking, I could work on ways of improving my state of being. And allow my logical heart to guide the way. But I had to get quiet to hear what my soul was missing. I was missing myself. My connection to the logical heart was filtered/blocked by my habituation in this fear-filled physical world. So the next step was to reconnect with self. First, get quiet, meditate, simplify, second self-awareness, then what’s next? Sorting through the fear, forgiving, and healing. Ultimately surrendering to love and oneness.

Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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