I had a unique and rare experience recently. Steve had a “guy’s weekend”, so I was all alone in a quiet house. Well, at least I was the only human – no offense to Rudy, the island dog! I wasn’t used to the silence and at first it seemed a little strange.
Then it hit me . . . this silence is a valuable gift!
Summer is a great time for quiet reflection and contemplation. Long lazy days of heat and humidity are very conducive to just laying around and basking in the warm glow. It’s the time of year when it’s okay to loaf and idle away time. Plus it’s fun to invent creative ways to keep cool.
If you’re like me, though, it’s kind of hard to sit still in complete silence.
Our natural tendency is to surround ourselves with noise just to keep us company. Plus we’re not very motivated to put down our “toys,” like our iPods and laptops.
But still . . . turning our phones, TVs and computers OFF for a while can be the best thing we can do to silence our minds. Besides making us more tranquil, peace and quiet really helps to inspire our natural creativity and imagination.
So to make it easier for us, I’ve come up with a way to practice creative silence throughout the day. What I’ve learned is that we don’t have to be totally motionless to reap the rewards. We just need to be quiet.
Here’s how it works.
Empty your mind and completely focus on a single, simple task – and NOTHING ELSE. No talking or multitasking of any kind is allowed.
Be fully engaged in the moment and v-e-r-y slowly, lose yourself in:
- Chopping onions
- Pulling weeds
- Soaking in the tub
- Making the bed
- Scrubbing the floor
- Taking a “mental” vacation
- Watering the plants
- Doing sit-ups
- Cleaning the car
- Strolling on the beach
- Sewing on a button
- Washing dishes by hand
- Enjoying a snack
- Folding laundry
- Observing nature
- Painting your nails
- Kneading dough
- Peeling potatoes
- Dusting the furniture
- Swimming laps
- Baking muffins
- Sipping on your favorite beverage
- Watching the sun go down
- Petting your dog (Rudy’s suggestion)
You get the idea. You can invent endless ways to practice creative silence. Imagine the possibilities! Think about any of your regular daily rituals. Even boring household chores can actually become a lot more gratifying – and even rejuvenating.
Silence is a necessary part of a well-lived life. A little quiet in our lives not only calms us down, but also improves our overall health. Challenge yourself to figure out new and creative ways to squeeze more silence into your days.
Shut out the noise and slow down your mind. By practicing creative silence, you’ll soon be blissfully floating in your own beautiful sea of tropical tranquility.
Tell me your unique ways to practice creative silence.
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