How to find truth in quietness
The founders of Moss of the Isles explain why it is more important than ever to take the time to be still and reflect
INAs children, we find moments of peace in the deep concentration borne from puzzles and toys, from the excitement of sounds and in the bravery of small challenges. As adults, we find it in the unfolding experience of love, in the laughter of our family and in the solitude of meditation. Throughout our lives, peace is the freedom we find when we become still. It is the reward we are given when we become quiet.
And, yet, we give away our time and even our right to be still – to be quiet. It is harder to prioritise our spiritual self when our physical self demands so much more – it feels selfish, indulgent and unnecessary, even when our heart tells us it is none of those things. Quiet moments give us the deeper understanding and conviction we need to challenge old priorities and change the fundamental beliefs that keep us merely responding, but never evolving.
During the pandemic, we have been given lessons in social fragility and personal mortality – lessons we have found from physically isolating ourselves from everyone we love and everything we know. But in this crisis, there is the opportunity to turn inwards and light our dormant fire. In a world that is more uncertain than ever, there is the opportunity to find the quiet that lives within us but is lost to the noise.
Every experience has a gift in its shadow, even isolating. Look back at how your days manifested and the different decisions you made from the different choices you were given. Did you read more? Enjoy your children more? Rest more? Reflect more? These are the experiences that we bring forward into a new way of life. Living in conscious appreciation does not mean that we cannot yearn for what we have missed or grieve for what we’ve lost – it simply lets us see, in the high-definition beauty of real time, what it is we actually have.