Sometimes, you might think, it’s all very well trying to be mindful and appreciate the simple things… but the world around you doesn’t always seem to keep pace with what your heart or mind is telling you. If you’re a quiet person, at times the world can seem overwhelmingly loud and fast-paced, and your own contribution to it under-valued by the assertive, confident types around you.
Susan Cain has made the case for introverts in her world-famous book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, and through a TED talk that has had over 11 million views on YouTube.
If you identified with our feature in the May issue on being an introvert, or if you aren’t sure whether or not this is you, why not take a quiz at Susan’s site www.thepowerofintroverts.com, which also has forums, reading guides and everything you need to explore and understand your more contemplative qualities.
THREE WAYS TO APPRECIATE BEING QUIET
READ… The Highly Sensitive Person – How to Thrive when the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron – practical solutions for a happy and fulfilling life, including useful material for those raising a sensitive child.
GO… Get away from the chatter with a silent retreat at Gaia House in the south Devon countryside. An opportunity to reflect through meditation and mindfulness practice.
THINK… Andrew Johnson’s downloadable recordings offer a wide range of meditations to help you cope with all life’s challenges.
By Catherine Smith