SILENCE. (CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY)
Yesterday I suggested you try to get five minutes of silence into your day. today I recommend a repeat and this time you try it in upright sitting position. It is so much easier to resist the urge to fall asleep. It keeps you alert and able to focused on the changes around you and inside you.
If you tried 5 minutes of SILENCE without falling asleep, yesterday and found it difficult to achieve, it's perfectly fine. Your brain is so busy, all the time and seemingly getting busier, that to slow down (not for the sake of sleep) is a new thing.
If your like me, and not used to quiet, it can be disconcerting, alarming even, at first. Sitting alone in silence for five minutes proved longer than I could have anticipated. I wanted to turn on something and hear something and be in control of something or at least have a sense of control over something: a remote control, an mp3 player, anything. Having no distractions was confusing almost. 5 minutes is not really a long time in the great scheme of things and when it comes to your peace of mind, especially. Lack of time to get a grip and have some peace of mind should NEVER be an issue. Take the time you need. I was unaware how beneficial 5 minutes could be. We are so used to cramming so much into 5minutes, it's silly. 5 minutes of commercials is shitload of commercials. I didn't know that my brain is always going, always processing, thinking, solving, planning and remembering, add to this the quickening of our daily routines, life has never been as accelerated as it is now, in every imaginable aspect.
Put into this ever accelerated multitasking frame of mind newer technologies like more and more intrusive advertising, that will make taking a break anywhere, really, the beach the park, the movies, more and more difficult. My pet peeve? those giant LED Billboards that are so distracting wherever they show up. It's like a drive-in theater in the middle of the day and in the middle of traffic. Of course as a result people will start having more anxiety and depression. Your brain will have to work at relaxing even at the park or beach if you are being sold to through weirder and weirder advertising. On the skyline in bathroom toilets, Making commuting with nature and access to calming experiences ever harder. I found it is a lot easier to commute with nature in our minds through a moment of silence. The great thing about this 5 minute break is that it is just 5 minutes. You can do it anywhere, anytime you'd like. You don't have to go to the park to relax, or the beach if you need a breather in the middle of your work day, you can close your eyes and picture your favorite place at the park, or imaging the sound of crashing waves for 5 minutes. You would be surprised how relaxing this is. Take deep breaths in and exhale while thinking of the sand and let yourself relax and your brain defrag. 5 minutes of silence is a shortcut to the beach and back.
It's okay if it seems uncomfortable at first, silence that is, just goes to show you how much your brain is processing in any given moment. It is not used to shutting down if your not about to sleep. Having 5 minutes of silence in a busy city is kind of difficult, what with the city working at being a city and all, but all you need is the quiet to come from inside you. The quiet you are trying to acquire is already inside you, it's always there, the peace the quiet, you just need to make some time for it and it will emerge on it's own.
Silence will at first seem awkward and odd if not used to it, but it is very helpful if you are having a busy day and need a break. When you try to achieve silence you will initially notice every passing car and chirping bird and car alarm that wasn't noticeable before. The secret is to focus on something else that is not so blaring out at you, like your breathing. When you focus on your breathing, count to 5 backwards when inhaling slowly, and try to imagine everything else vanishing away into a cool breeze of nothing as you exhale. Five minutes of doing this can be very beneficial in calming you down.
USING A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO WRITE DOWN WORRIES AND FINALLY FALL ASLEEP.
I used this method when I was having trouble sleeping. Falling asleep was hard because I had so much going on in my head. I would try to sleep and I'd toss and turn forever with worries and different ideas for projects and sometimes chores that I needed to attend to. I would worry and the worry would make me worry some more and keep me awake. I started doing this 5 minutes of silence exercise that I read about and brought a pen and paper along to bed. I found that I had so much going on before going to bed that things just kept popping up as things that were pending and to do. I did the five minutes of silence exercise while focusing on my breathing. I started writing down anything that would pop in my head in a five minute stint. I wrote so much initially, some things were not to do, they were just nagging worries. I started writing those down and trying to see if anything could be done to solve them, if yes, I would cross it off the list, with the solution in one word. If I wrote down items that worried me and there was not clear solution I would make a note to ask for assistance with it and forget about it for that night. The stuff that kept running through my head was at times silly, but it kept popping up so, on the list it went. It was so helpful, dude. I wish I would of discovered that method earlier. Alas, things happen in their own time.
I hope this helps any of you needing a way to get a handle on the fast pace of living in a city without being cranky or mean to others. Some people think that living in a city is all about rudeness and coldness and crazy drivers, I couldn't disagree more. We can eliminate all of that if we learn to calm down.I hope you try this if you are not used to chilling out and taking a real break during the busy day. It is very good in helping you get grounded in a quick minute. Good luck you guys, and see you out there in the big city.
Tomorrow is Tuesday already!
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