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Reclaiming Silence

Silence is no longer golden. 

In today’s world, “white noise” suffuses our office buildings; music, news and sports broadcast in public places morning to night; leaf blowers scream; cell phones track us down with their insistent rings. Our homes offer no refuge either: On go the TVs and stereos as soon as we walk into the house; the computer hums an incessant, tuneless number; we talk constantly.

We seem to rush to fill up the silence, to cover it with some sound or another.  

And yet, only in silence can we hear the voice of our heart. 

“Silence allows us to open the door to our unconscious mind, feel the yearnings of our heart, follow the wisdom of our intuition, probe the origin of our aversions and understand the truth of our experience,” says Richard Mahler, author of Stillness: Daily Gifts of Solitude, Simplicity and Silence. “We at last get in touch with our deepest secrets, strongest passions, fondest wishes and...

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Top 10 Year-End Review Questions

As the year speeds to its end, we begin to mentally prepare for next year. But don’t forget to take time to assess your personal and professional challenges and accomplishments THIS year. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What have I accomplished this year? Be specific. Write it all down. Schedule some time to celebrate this!

  2. What have I learned this year? What skills did you pick up? What emotional lessons?

  3. What got in my way? This is where your work will be next year. Be honest if it was your own self that got in the way.

  4. Who contributed to my successes? What can you do to recognize these members of your personal or professional team?

  5. What mistakes did I make, and what did I learn from them? Writing these down is a good refresher for what not to do next year.

  6. How was my work consistent with my values? What will you do with the inconsistencies?

  7. Where did I not take responsibility? Sometimes this is easier to see with a little...
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