Last week, we talked a little about all the talking we do, in person, be it on the phone, via email, text or social media, and whether it gets to be too much. Of course, how much is “too much” depends largely on the individual but there’s little doubt all of us could benefit from some quiet time daily.
The question is, how do you make that quiet time?
Do you have to sit cross-legged in a zen garden, drape yourself over a chaise lounge or (probably more realistically) hide in the bathroom with a pair of noise cancelling head phones?
I tend to find my quiet time in the
weird unexpected ways. Doing the dishes, weeding the garden, folding the laundry, etc. While I’m not a huge fan of housework, I must admit I find myself refreshed after. When I’m doing a repetitive, fairly simple task (and as long as I’m on my own…which can be hard to achieve around here), I can think about anything or nothing. My mind is free to wander.
Walking the dogs by myself is another golden quiet moment…at least until our part-alien/half-chihuahua gets into a barking contest with the neighbor’s scotties.
Yesterday, I came across an article by Deborah Oster Pannell, talking about finding inspiration in the most unexpected places which echoes my experience (the rest of the article has some wonderful ideas on keeping that “New Year” feeling all year long). It made me smile to hear someone else found doing the dishes meditative. Perhaps the solution to world peace really is right at our fingertips.
Where do you find your quiet time?