In this fast paced world we all (most) of us seek ways to quieten our minds. I first got a bite of a quiet mind when I started attending meditation classes and regularly meditating. I soon realised that there are other ways in which I can quieten my mind and focus on one thing. There are some of the things I like to do when I want to tap out for a bit of time.
This is one of my favourite method to quieten my mind, it works like a charm once you get the hang of it. It took me a while (and a lot of practice) to be able to meditate, because as humans we are not used to focusing on one thing (the breath). There are days when I still struggle to do it, but on days when I get it right, it is magic. The key is to not have expectations and not to put pressure on yourself because those 2 always get the mind agitated.
Washing the dishes
I am one of those people who loves a good dish washing session; I get to concentrate on making sure that everything is clean and orderly. I really do get lost in the process and it helps to get my mind off things. And the satisfaction of a clean kitchen afterwards is the best.
I have recently rediscovered my love for reading – I slacked a bit for some years due to other things taking up my time i.e. technology. Since going back to reading regularly, I have reconnected with its ability to help me temporarily escape into another world and get lost in it. It is a great way to get away from whatever may be happening in your life and get lost in another person’s world.
Another recent discovery is colouring in books for adults. I love pretty things – so this was right up my alley. I’ve had this colouring in book for a while now and I have been loving it. Who knew that doing something as mundane as colouring in could be so therapeutic. It takes me back to my childhood and it is such a great activity to get lost in.
Take a walk
When all else fails, I take a walk in my neighbourhood – I make sure to leave my phone behind so that I do not get distracted. It’s a great activity because I get some fresh air, vitamin D (on a good day) and some exercise!
So, that’s the things that I do to help me to quieten my mind, tap out of this sometime very hectic world and have time to myself.
How do you quieten your mind?