For about a year now, I’ve been noticing a tightness around my jaw when I wake up in the mornings. It also happens when I sit at the computer. I clamp my teeth together and don’t realize I’m doing it until I start to get a headache.

Once my jaw started popping, I went ahead and asked my dentist about it and he told me I probably need a bite guard. He then referred me to an oral surgeon just to be sure.

Last week, I finally went to see the surgeon and after lots of talking and looking and asking questions, he said, “Well, you’re a clencher.”

And so it cost me $160 to learn what I already knew. The surgeon told me our teeth should never touch (what!? That may have just changed my life) and he also said he can spot a clencher “from a mile away” (something I would actually like to see). He told me about a local newswoman who “clenches so much her face is square.”

It struck me as so funny, I laughed out loud. Out very loud. So loud, in fact, that I think it encouraged him to keep going so he continued to tell me about this poor square-faced clenching woman and how he wishes he could get a hold of her and make her get a bite guard.

I pictured him sitting in his fancy doctor-y leather recliner watching TV with his wife, pointing out the clenchers on all his favorite shows.

We all have our specialties, I guess.

Just before I fell asleep last night, I noticed a light comfort about my face. I realized it was because my teeth weren’t touching. I also noticed there was nothing particularly heavy on my mind. Just thoughts of rest and home.

After a few full weeks of travel and deadlines, my soul feels hushed today. I still plan to get that bite guard, but I think the connection between the state of my jaw and the state of my soul is one to pay attention to.

Here’s to a quiet heart and a smooth, round face.

This is day 16 of 31 Days to Hush. We’re over half-way through this series now. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series. If you would like to receive these quiet thoughts in your email inbox, subscribe now.