It is important that we get quiet each day as often as possible. Being stuck in the mind chatter does us NO good – I mean it never does us any good. Connecting to our inner being and listening to it instead is the best thing we can do for our peace of mind and joy. So many of us have highly active minds that want to run unchecked all day long. Me included! So, how do we get it to quiet down and allow us to connect with our inner wisdom? Well, practice – that is how. This is the only way to develop this skill. Let me share with you how I finally created a sustainable practice.
I used Triggers throughout the day to remind me to practice. This really helped me, because usually I was starting my days off with good intentions, but then forgetting the rest of the day to practice. You know how it goes when your day takes over and before you know it, it’s the end of the day and you realize that you forgot.
Some Triggers I used:
Folding laundry, feeding the pets, cleaning, washing dishes, washing my hands – we are all doing this several times a day!
These are all tasks that require little help from your logical mind, so you have an opportunity to quiet your mind and focus on your inner being.
I also used Transition times as Triggers. Some examples of these:
Before I get out of bed in the morning and start my day, arriving somewhere and parking my car (before I get out of my car, I spend a minute or two breathing in silence), when I sit down at my desk to start my day before I get moving on my work tasks. Using Transitions works great for me!
The more you practice, the more natural it becomes. At some point after regularly practicing getting quiet, you will notice that you fall into these moments of silence without your prompting.
During your moments of silence, listen to your inner being. Connect to the silence. To help get out of your head, move your awareness below your belly button. I use my feet. I love to imagine there are roots growing out of my feet and connecting me to the earth. I see these roots stretching and growing with each out breath. I imagine these roots stretching all the way to the center of the earth where I envision a beautiful and brilliant white light. This puts me into a place of quiet and peace. My mind melts away for just a few moments. Try this for yourself and see if it works for you!