Finding the Time For Quiet.
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Peg Gotthold
September 2010
Contributor
Written by
Peg Gotthold
September 2010
Make an appointment with yourself for 15 minutes of "quiet time" each day and show up for the appointment. Stilling the mind for a short period is a fantastic mental health break. As daily exercise is good for the body, this reflection time provides health benefits, both physically and mentally. Reflecting in the morning while the coffee is brewing, gets the day off to a grounded start. Reflecting before bedtime aids sleep. Sharing a reflection time with a loved one strengthens the relationship. If you uncomfortable with meditation, there are other ways to practice mindful quiet. Sit and gaze up to the sky. Sit across from a favorite piece of art or photo. Sit and watch the top of trees dance in the breeze. Don't analyze, experience. Let all your senses out to play. Discover the difference in the smell of the air when rain is in the next day's weather forecast. See the different colors in a tree trunk. Take off your shoes and feel the textures under your toes. Listen to the cycle of the wind gusts - from the soft stirrings to the rushing of air past your ears.

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