Your Turn

your turn artworkThroughout my life,  I have found that our journey is oftentimes much sweeter when it’s shared. Even when we’re committing to more alone time, more silence, more stillness, there’s something really special about knowing that we’re all doing it together.

For this reason, I wanted to create this space for you to share how you’ll be embracing silence in your life – however it feels right within your soul.

I realize that you may not be able to (or will even want to) be silent for an entire year. But maybe this experiment will inspire you to embrace quiet and stillness in other ways.

Maybe you will want to take one day a week (or one hour a week) where you disconnect from the outside world a reconnect with your inner voice. Or maybe you will give yourself permission to unplug from the internet each evening to make space for reflection or put your phone away each morning to give yourself time to meditate. Whatever you decide will be exactly right for you.

Please comment below  how you’re planning on embracing silence and in doing so, embracing yourself. How are you planning to slow life down and invite more stillness into your life? Get as specific as you would like – it oftentimes makes it feel more doable and more real when we do!

There’s something really powerful about declaring our intentions to others. So that’s what this space is. You matter. And slowing down for long enough to connect with your soul matters. Please give yourself time and space to do this. It’s so important.

Hugs and love,

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Your Turn — 13 Comments

  1. I so resonate with your call to silence and stillness, Jodi. I’ve taken long periods of both in the past – 3 months and longer. While it’s been challenging to let go at first, I discovered how different mind is without all the busyness and distraction.

    Like you, I feel this call again. I already meditate everyday and I don’t feel a need to commit to a year of silence. But, I’m ready for more stillness. I’m ready for less social media activity and less activity in online forums. I’ve cut back to posting on my blog once a week (with the exception of September) and plan to continue at that slower pace.

    I’m so inspired by your decision and will be working out my own exact plan in the next few days. After I slow down a bit more, I’ll revisit how I feel at the beginning of January 2015 and see if I’m drawn to do more.

    Know that I am with you in heart and in spirit. All my love to you.

    • Thanks for your loving comment, Sandra! I love that you’re going to join me in whatever way feels best to you. And we can’t really know what that is until we’re in it. I’m staying open now to see how silent I will be and what parameters will feel right. I’m with you where I’ve also cut back my social media time and work hours – and that feels really good. It’s not about just not speaking but about lessening the energetic noise that’s all around us as well. I’m glad that we’ll be sifting through it together and checking in throughout the journey.
      Lots of love!

  2. your call to silence fits with me right now. I am not sure I can do as much, however I would like to commit to morning silence. I have been going to my prayer mountain in the morning, yes, I live in Arizona and I actually go to one of the nearby mountains in the morning. I have been hit and miss, but I am commiting to making it a priority for 2015. Thank you for the challenge

    cheryl green

    • Hi Cheryl,
      I’m so glad you’ll be welcoming more silence into your life! It sounds like you live in such a beautiful area that’s just perfect for it, too. Just committing to yourself that this is important is a huge part of the process, which you’ve already done. And now you get to show up and enjoy it – see what magic you find within. Please feel free to share your journey here throughout the year! Hugs!

  3. I attempted to do something similar to this in 2014. I called it talk less and listen more… but I lacked the proper tools to do this effectively. By joining you and following along with you, I truly think I can take the silence and the chaos of the outside world and turn that off. I want to return to journaling and finding the voice inside me that can share those words and feelings. To do that, I have to retreat to the silence.

    • Hi Rebi!
      Thank you so much for sharing. I love that slowing down has also been your intention for some time now. It’s my hope that we’ll be able to support each other along the way. Writing has been a huge part of my inner journey, and I hope it’s helpful for you as well. Please keep me posted (both here and in the sanctuary). Big hug!

  4. I admire what you are doing here and have been reading your blog posts. Day 7: Pushing Buttons really spoke to me.
    Although I do not have the courage to attempt a year of silence I feel I have a calling to speak less and stop trying to make everything ok for everyone else by filling in the gaps. I have been trying to listen more and not fix things (by offering my suggestions etc) as much as before and this feels calming to me.

    You are inspiring thank you
    Jewels x

    • Hi Jewels,
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I love that insight that came to you, and I think you’ll feel much freer by inviting this new way to being into your life. There is so much power that comes through silence, especially in conversations. Deep listening and connecting without too many words can be so magical. Beautiful!

  5. Hiya Jodie. I have been realising too lately that its so much better to not say things. Especially if they are not positive. And for a while now I have tried to visualise what I do want to happen instead, thanks.

    • Hi Amanda,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love that you’re staying conscious of which thoughts you voice and which ones you keep silent. Words so have so much power, and I love knowing that the power is always within us to decide where to focus our energy.

  6. I almost cried re-connecting with you, Jodi. The last contact I had with you was about the time I lost my father, just after 1/17/13. Your journey overlaps my own, thank you. ♥

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