Shhhh…. quiet the mind. Quiet the spirit. Go off by yourself, turn off the radio, turn off the TV and put down your phone. Unplug for some time during your day. Whether it’s ten or fifteen minutes – simply breathe deeply and learn to get quiet. This can be a tremendous benefit to your mind, spirit, and your body.
You’ll find that when you first attempt to detach yourself from the world, your mind has a difficult time letting go of the stimulation around you. You will continue to carry on conversations. Your body will fidget and you will have a hard time relaxing. But with practice, eventually, the mind will understand what you’re attempting to accomplish and it will become obedient to the will. Your body will be the same. Breathing deeply – in through the nose and out through the mouth – will put your body in a state of stillness as it makes use of the precious oxygen that our bodies are so deprived of.
After learning to quiet the mind and body, focus your spirit on being open. As though you were a sponge awaiting the rains to saturate the pores of your soul. Breathe slowly, but deeply, keeping your mind focused on the open space of nothingness. In the beginning, you’ll only be able to do this for a short period. The more you practice this, the easier your mind and body will respond and assume the position of stillness and the spirit will quickly become quiet, and the longer you will be able to remain in this relaxed stance. I recommend sitting, in that laying down might be conducive to sleep.
Giving yourself fifteen minutes of time to allow the mind to rest, the body to rest and the spirit to rest, all at the same time, without sleeping, offers a person a strength that goes beyond that which is offered by sleep. Because the spirit is awake and allowed to meditate on an openness of spirit, your mind will become sharper with a clarity of thought. Your body will gain strength because of the oxygen it is receiving and the spirit will become more open to the whispers of the universe.
Try to offer yourself this little retreat at least once a day for a few minutes. We are bombarded by noise, chaos, and stimulation during our days that stopping for that short amount of time will allow our bodies to catch up and come together as one being as opposed to being blown from one direction to another.
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