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How to Enjoy Doing Nothing At All
Try to Sit Quietly for 15 Minutes
I think we have lost the ability to enjoy silence. We are constantly bombarded by noise pollution and we have become so accustomed to that we are not even aware of it's presence. So many people feel uncomfortable with silence, yet is is so soothing for our souls and minds.
Take a 15 minute break from the white noise in your world. Turn off the machines, unplug the phone, turn off the fans, TV, radio, and don't talk. Just sit, you can close your eyes, leave them open, sit up, lay down, just be still and quiet. See if you can do it for 15 minutes intentionally.
The Concept of Time
We seem to be in a place in our society where we lose track of time, before we realize it, our days are over and we are heading to bed weary and still thinking about what we didn't get done, and what we need to do tomorrow. In some cases we look back on the day and wonder where it went. We seem to be consumed and driven by time, with constant demands on our time to do this and do that. Squeeze this into a schedule, multi task to get more done in less time. However, when was the last time you took time for yourself? Time when you removed demands, distractions and interruptions? It doesn't have to be a lot of time. If you can't manage 15 minutes, try 5 or 10.
One thing you'll find is that the lifestyle we lead makes quiet down time seem so long. If you do try to sit for 15 quiet minutes, you will be surprised at how long it seems. Do not put a clock in front of you. Set a timer in another room, maybe the stove or microwave would work for you.
It is amazing what happens when you are simply quiet. It offers a chance for your mind to rest, explore new things, and remember things forgotten. It gives a chance to reflect of life, and allows us to balance things in our minds. Give it a try.
Schedule for Sanity
I call this practice my " Schedule for Sanity" . I love to sit and just BE. Sometimes I find it hard to resist the urge to hop up and do something that I remembered I need to do. If I really sit there and be still, I am healthier for it. I open my mind, I allow creativity to blossom, I allow my soul to rest. It is a vital need I have, we all do. Sadly though it is a need we often neglect in our ever fast paced lives. The hustle and bustle of our own corner of the world, and the world as a whole is so overpowering and intrusive. When I feel stressed, I look at my day and I know if I need to take a mental health break, so I schedule for my sanity. You may laugh at that, but in reality, I think you will see the need in your life too. Our day to day lives are so full of expectation on our time, we must be Super Moms and Dads, we must be the best worker, the best friend, the best giver, best provider and meet all of these commitments all of the time. Unfortunately, if we don't look after ourselves, and be good to ourselves, we simply won't be there for anyone else.
Just a quick 15 minute break can make a huge difference in your life. You don't even have to do it everyday, but it would be great if you could. We need to remember the line in the poem, The Desiderata, " remember what peace there may be in silence" . Take a minute to find your peace, and let me know what you think.