I have always thought that practices like yoga, meditation and mindfulness were reserved for yogis, Tibetan monks and Zen Buddhists. They sounded so esoteric and mysterious for a novice like me.
Once, while listening to the radio I heard an interview with an author of a book who described a simple practice of taking Quiet Time. It was so simple and practical that I immediately felt like it was something I could try. In a nutshell, you basically sit quietly, alone, noticing your breath for 15-20 minutes. That's it. Now, that sounded doable for a busy mom like me, so I decided to give it a try.
What came next truly amazed me! I immediately felt more relaxed, calm, peaceful and balanced. As the day went on, I noticed that I was able to handle stress more easily, things just did phase me as much. I felt more in control of my emotions instead of the other way around. I decided to try the Quiet Time again.
Several years later, I am still continuing the practice and the benefits & changes that I have experienced in my life as the result, have only multiplied. The calm, relaxed feeling I got that first day is still there every time. In addition, I have
I am able to solve problems more easily, have more creativity, feel less stressed, more focused and optimistic... the list could go on... I love the daily benefits I get from such a simple and easy practice. The best part is that doesn't require any special equipment or skills, can be done anyplace, anytime and is easy to remember.
I would love for you to experience it in your life. I am including complete instructions from Trevor Blake, the author of the book Three Simple Steps a Map to Success in Business and Life, whose interview I heard on the radio. I followed these exact steps in my practice of Quiet Time, that lead to so many wonderful transformations in my life. I am forever grateful for such a simple and powerful tool and love sharing it with others! I hope you are inspired to try it and see the amazing results in your own life.
Tips for Taking Quiet Time (TQT) from Trevor Blake's blog:
(re-posted by author's permission)
Taking quiet time must be a technique you practice alone because all thoughts are little packages of energy with a pattern unique to you. In a room full of people thought-energies crash into each other. Think of TQT as a private conversation between you and the Higgs Bosun field (also known as the God particle if that helps).
2) Early in the day.
It makes it easier for this to become a habit if you consistently pick the same time every day. To make that easier it helps to do this early in the day before your world gets filled with distracting noises. We tend to gravitate toward things that make most noises or disruption. When fax machines were all the rage I recall seeing people fly horizontally across a room whenever the fax bell chimed. Nowadays people find the vibrational announcement of a text almost too hard to resist. Because TQT is so simple we can be fooled into putting it off while we deal with the noisier, more complicated interruption. Those interruptions tend to be less early in the morning.
3) Keep it simple.
A chair by a window is about as perfect as it gets.
4) Don’t fret about the chatter.
People write about getting frustrated that their minds never stop chattering during TQT. It does not matter. Just as the silence between the notes makes music, so the nanoseconds of stillness that you don’t notice in TQT make the magic. Just smile and let your brain do whatever it wants. I imagine the words floating out the window and leaving me alone.
Place your feet on the floor and quickly imagine you grow roots through your soles, down through the floor, and into the ground where you connect with the roots of the trees. Why? TQT has many benefits beyond connecting you to the source of all great ideas, and staying “grounded” keeps you in this dimension.
Start by imagining the hairs on your head all sighing and flopping down in relaxed mode. Then take your focus through your body, telling your eyes, nose, shoulders etc to relax and so on. You can feel yourself sinking into the chair. This can be done in just a few seconds or longer if you prefer. The process of focusing on relaxing is as effective as following your breath
7) Follow the breath.
When you feel relaxed, it is time to distract your left-brain. The goal is to think of nothing. This is unnatural. Focus on your normal breathing. In and out. Simple
8) Stretch and connect to something positive.
After 20 minutes or so I like to stretch and then before I rejoin the world I will mentally run through my list of Intentions as if I am now commanding the world to get to work on my behalf. All religions include the sage-like advice “Ask and ye shall receive.”Additional information about this practice, as well as, weekly podcasts, can be found on Trevor Blake's blog http://trevorgblake.com/.
I would love to hear about your experience with QT, please feel free to contact me. Here's a short poem I wrote about Quiet Time:
I love connecting to the Stillness
That holds and cradles in its arms
The people, objects, all of nature
It even holds the distant stars.
I love the peace that Stillness brings me
Amid the daily hum and drum
I have a choice - it's always with me
Connect with chaos or the calm.
I love the silence of the Stillness
The quiet, limitless abyss
The space of kindness and forgiveness
That turns my sorrows into bliss.
I love the company of Stillness
The gentle, nurturing, serene...
Abundance of creative dreamness
That's always welcoming me in...