"Training to become more attentive and aware means that you create a space for enough quiet in your outer life so that you can hear what's going on in your inner life. What rises to the surface when you aren't distracted with e-mails, phone calls, text messages, or endless jobs to be done? Sometimes we become aware of things that we didn't know about ourselves. When the whirling around us settles, we often see more clearly who we are, what we want, what's important to us, what we love, what we hate, what makes our soul sing, and what sucks us dry. We discover that we're happiest watching the birds flutter at our feeder, and taking long walks by the stream, but we've been so used to our hectic pace, we don't actually take the time to do it.
Could you give yourself ten minutes a day or dedicate one hour a week for solitude and silence?"