In the Quiet Place

Apr 6th, 2010 | By | Category: All Posts, Guest Blog


by Bethany

Today I was dealing with a lot of the preparation for my upcoming trail and found myself filled with an overwhelming anxiety. The kind where you shake from your core, and you don’t know whether to cry or scream. I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I got to the point where I just needed to get out of the house. I didn’t know where I was going. I just picked a direction and started walking.

On today’s journey there was a lot of thinking and crying – some true expressions of emotion. It got me to remember just how important my walks are. Not necessarily walking, but quiet time, void of distraction. I thought to myself, “Yes, I can finally hear myself think!”

We live in a world that is constantly throwing information in our faces and keeping our minds busy. There is the radio, tv, ipod, phone calls and dare I say it… Facebook. Everywhere you go there is an opportunity to shut down your mind and drown yourself in distraction.

Value the quiet times. Although it can be terrifying to face the emotions that you are feeling it is gratifying to know that they are now underfoot.

Bethany is cofounder of Overcoming Sexual Abuse, an online resource for male and female abuse survivors looking for practical answers and tools for healing. Besides helping abuse survivors see the beauty within themselves, she enhances the beauty of others as a professional make-up artist and has worked in television, film and print.

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  1. That’s so true! We can use so many things as a form of denial. The more brain-clutter we have, the harder it is to see clearly the things we need to deal with.

  2. walking has always been my way of thinking…I when you need to think about life and all the ups and downs and the what if’s, at times i have walked around my city and at other times threw the wood. I find it brings peace to my soul and mind.

  3. Quiet times are really something I have had to learn to do. My husband could never figure out why I always had to have noise around me. Now we know! And now I am able to be in quiet and feel safe and actually hear myself!

  4. Walking in nature and writing down my thoughts have both been so healing for me in times of stress and times of great emotions coming out.

    “Although it can be terrifying to face the emotions that you are feeling. . . ” This is where I have been this week. I was strong enough this week to reach out to others and ask for help. The support and love that I got back as a result was wonderful.

  5. I hope more people follow your example and reach out before they pay the ultimate price their sanity or death well done you are an inspiration xx

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