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Letting yourself take time out.

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind.”

Carolyn Myss

Hello Motivation Seekers, hope you’ve had a good week and that you are managing some time out for you over the Easter break.

I love our quote this week.  Do you feel like your soul knows what’s best for you?  I know I do, but I do let things get in the way of it.  When I get busy, I tend to get totally absorbed in what I am doing to the exclusion of everything else.  I tend to push myself and not allow myself time out.  Then I wonder why I feel so bad!  Furthermore, the little voice in my head is chattering away, telling me how I just need to work harder and not goof off, when in fact goofing off is what I need to do most at those times.

Do you struggle with this?  Do you find it hard to let yourself have time out?  I know that a lot of people are struggling with this.  The busier we become, the harder it is to allow ourselves some downtime.  There just doesn’t seem enough time in our day to do the things we have to and to have time to do the things that feed our soul.

Silence the mind through meditation

What can be done?  As Carolyn Myss says, silence the mind, allow the soul to do what it knows it needs.  Meditation is a great start for mind silencing.  If you have tried it and struggled, I would suggest you just stick with it.  People often tell me that they simply can’t shut off the mind chatter that goes on when they try to meditate.  Guess what?  Everyone struggles with this, to begin with.   The trick is to just be, concentrate on your breathing and as thoughts appear, you imagine them floating away like leaves in the wind.  The second tip is not judging how you are doing.  That’s the thing that drives you mad.  I used to do that when I first started, I would think my mind was racing too much and then get annoyed that I couldn’t slow it down and judge the meditation as being bad.  There’s no such thing as bad meditation, there is just meditation!  I hope you give it a go, as it is the very best thing to reduce stress and anxiety, slow down your thinking, improve your concentration and productivity and it promotes a calmness that you wouldn’t believe.  What’s not to like?  Even just 10 minutes a day can make a big difference.

Silence the mind through being in nature

One of the very best things I can ever do to feed my soul and silence my mind is to be near the sea.  Luckily, I now live near the sea and being able to look out at the ever changing views is a massively calming and quieting thing to be able to do.  Our happiest times as a family, were either the times we spent at the beach or the walks we had in the hills.  Communing with nature, rejuvenates you.  It brings you back into balance and you find that things that were worrying you suddenly just seem trivial.  Take time to get out and enjoy being in nature, your soul will thank you for it.

Silence the mind through exercise

This is essential for our wellbeing.  I always hated exercise and only did it to try to lose weight.  Once I realised how good it made me feel, how much it could reduce stress and bring about feelings of happy tiredness, I began to really get into it.  The key is to choose exercise that you like and to do it with people you like.  A brisk walk in the park with friends can do it.  Whatever feels good for you.

I hope some of this has helped you find ways to silence your mind and restore your soul.  Taking time to do those things will really pay off for you.  It’s important that we allow ourselves that down time.  Have a great week, taking time out.