How often do you stop and think about it? What is it? "It" can be anything. How often do you stop and think about anything? How often do you just STOP?
We spend so much time running from appointment to appointment that we don't allow time for reflection, meditation, review, pondering. How much time, during the day, do you spend in quiet time? I'm not just talking about time alone. In fact, this is part of the problem. We often think that "time alone" is important, but that's really only the first step. Just because you are alone, doesn't mean you are taking the time you need for yourself; for reflection and prayer. Being alone in the car during your commute doesn't count if the radio is always on. Ideally, your quiet time wouldn't be during your commute but it certainly doesn't count if you never turn down the radio.
How often do you stop and think about it? What is it? "It" can be anything.
It is imperative, if you are going to make substantial progress in your mental aptitude, that you block off 15-30 minutes every day for quiet time and reflection. This may mean you have to get up 15 minutes earlier each day. I am constantly amazed how many people ask me why I get up so early when I don't have anything particular to do. I am equally amazed how they can jump out of bed, start their day in a scramble, then wonder why they have feelings of anxiety all day. The morning silence helps you reset your thoughts and prepares you for the day ahead. Being able to sit in silence, and let your thoughts come through, is an important part of clearing the mind and working through the issues that keep you stressed out all the time.
This is one of the greatest reasons why I love hunting. Hunting is my excuse for getting back to nature. To take some time to sit, quietly, as the world carries on around me; the same way it would if I weren’t there. It is an opportunity for me to slow down and appreciate the blessings that I have in life.
The morning silence helps you reset your thoughts and prepares you for the day ahead.
This is something that you must actively schedule into your day. Otherwise you will never find the time to make it happen. Some people connect better with nature. Others do not. Some people are more focused in the morning while others would feel more comfortable staying up a little later in the evening to recap the day’s events before heading to bed. Find what works for you.
Have you tried any of these? What other ways are you able to find quiet time for reflection? Please let me know. I welcome any new ideas.
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