I'm getting better about walking boldly into the center in "normal" life (i.e. when I'm not teaching or public-speaking), but man, that stuff is hard. Essential, yes, but hard.
You know what it does, though? A true gift--it puts your peripheral life into sharp relief, and you (well, I) realize how much you get to see from that space of almost-silence. You see so much love, so much fear, so much courage, so much of the raw heart-dance we call 'life,' we call 'experience.'
So, yes. If I can see *that* more clearly when I'm brave and bold and shakily center, then I'll take it.
Those beautifully noisy moments are far worth the small sacrifices of silence.