Everyone needs a place to go when they need quiet time. In Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, she went to her own little corner, her own little chair. As for me, the “where I go’ depends on why I need quiet time. If I need quiet time in order to make a decision, I might go to my den and write, blog, or read some scripture. I will make my pros/cons list. Or i might just sit on my patio or balcony. Of course in the dead heat of summer when it is in the 100s that is not an option. In that case I might do my “go for a walk in the house” thing. That is my routine of doing laps within the house.
On the other hand, if I need quiet time because I am stressed, aggravated, or down, the best thing is to either:
1. get out in nature—walk in my neighborhood or a park, get near water [in my case a pond or little lake, since that is what is nearby).
2. stop by my church and pray
3. take a nap
4. get out my charcoals and paper and draw in my den
5. head to my room and think, pray, or read.
6. go to a bookstore or the library.
7. Keep the news programs and talk radio OFF
I find that it helps me stay centered to have some quiet time. Some days my quiet time consists of driving between errands and going to Sprouts or Whole Foods. Both places are brightly lit, full of lovely produce, and smiley-friendly yet non-chaotic and quiet. If I am at the library I can look out the window at a gorgeous nature scene. Wouldn’t that bring peace to your soul too?