As some of you may know, I have been recovering from being sick recently, including having total loss of my voice for an entire week. While already being a naturally introverted and quiet person, being unable to speak at all got me thinking even more about the power and benefit of being quiet.
Don’t get me wrong, not being able to talk was frustrating at times, but I also found it quite peaceful. I noticed that much of what I wanted to say in the moment turned out to be unimportant, and it reminded me of the famous Ghandi quote, “Speak only if it improves upon silence.”
In a world that's constantly buzzing with noise and activity, being quiet may seem like a disadvantage. However, for highly sensitive people, being quiet can be a valuable asset. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Increased Self-Awareness
Highly sensitive people tend to be more introspective, and being quiet allows us to tune in to our thoughts and emotions. This can lead to greater self-awareness, which in turn can help us make better decisions and improve our relationships with others.
2. Better Listening Skills
Quiet people are often good listeners, and this is especially true for highly sensitive people. We tend to pick up on subtle cues and emotions that others may miss, and this can help us better understand and connect with others.
3. Reduced Stress
For highly sensitive people, being in noisy or chaotic environments can be overwhelming and stressful. By intentionally seeking out quiet spaces and taking time to recharge, we can reduce stress and improve their overall well-being.
4. Increased Creativity
When the mind is quiet, it's easier to access the subconscious and tap into creativity. For highly sensitive people, being in a quiet environment can inspire new ideas and allow us to express themselves in unique and meaningful ways.
5. Improved Focus
Distractions can be particularly challenging for highly sensitive people, but by cultivating a quiet environment, we can improve our ability to focus and concentrate. This can lead to greater productivity and a sense of accomplishment.
Contrary to what the culture may tell us, being quiet can be a valuable asset for highly sensitive people. By embracing our natural inclination towards introspection and seeking out quiet environments, we can improve our self-awareness, listening skills, well-being, creativity, and focus.
With love & sensitivity, Christie