Perhaps, when reading yesterday’s post on Moments of Silence (click here to be taken to it) you may have thought: what if I don’t have the time for moments of silence?
First of all, if you’re saying that then it’s abundantly and incredibly clear that you are in desperate need of moments of silence!!
But if you find yourself in that situation, and you’ve looked through your schedule and there doesn’t seem to be any bit of give, there is still hope–no worries!
You’re homework today is to read through the following suggestions and choose at least one and use it. They are small and easily folded into your busy day.
One suggestion is to choose a word that’s calming or soothing such as “peace” or “tranquil” or “serene” or “be still”. If one of these doesn’t work for you, then take out your thesaurus and choose one that does. Repeat it as often as possible to yourself throughout your day.
Or if you’re more visually oriented then choose an image that’s calming such as the mirror-like surface of a lake or pond, a field of wildflowers, or the glow from candles or a fireplace. Return to this image as often as you need to throughout your day.
Another suggestion is to slow down—stop all the rushing and scurrying to and fro! Remind yourself there is plenty of time to do the important things. Find the pace that is natural to you.
To help yourself slow down, be present in the moment. Experience as you do the tasks and projects you’re involved in at that moment. For instance, if you’re driving, listen to the sound of the directional blinker when you use it; feel the pressure of your foot on the accelerator or the brake; see the road—really see it: the color, texture, width, whether it’s curvy or straight, etc..
Another idea is to incorporate moments of silence into the tasks at hand, especially the ones that don’t require a lot of concentration. The first step, though, is to eliminate as many distractions as possible: turn off your cell phone, turn off the TV, radio, Internet, etc.. Then as you’re working—whether at your job or at home—let the silence seep in. Tasks that are perfect for this are things such as filing paperwork, washing dishes, cleaning, mowing the lawn, and weeding.
You are creative and inventive! I’m sure you can think of other ways to incorporate moments of silence into your busy day.
Let the silence seep into the nooks and crannies of your life!
You can do it, I know you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,