...and to aspire to live quietly...
1 Thessalonians 4:11a
In I Thessalonians 4:11 we are told to study to be quiet or study to be still. This stillness must begin in the heart. It is a decision, an active choice, to become still, to still your soul. Sometimes, it is as if there is a bunch of monkeys in the tree-which-is-your-mind; and you will not still them by shouting. If you speak quietly and gently--just as you would to a petulant child--peace will result. The mind is like a child, always wanting more, something new; each thing it sees it wants.
It is stillness I need, Lord, and Thou in me dwelling.
Celtic Book of Prayer