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Todays Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter is Q and the topic I have chosen for this letter is Quiet.
In a world that is filled with noise, from physical noise such as cars, phones, household goods, televisions, radios and chatter, to the mental noise of our brain – the lists and thoughts running through our head on a minute by minute basis I often feel the need to seek out some quiet. I need to escape the hubbub of the day, switch off the thoughts I have and just escape to a place of solace where I can just exist for a while and become an observer of all that noise.
Sometimes, I like to sit and read in the quiet of my room, with no tv or music in the background, just the peaceful silence, other times I take a bath and lie fully immersed in the water just listening to my breath and heart creating their own musical pattern, and other times I like to sit and meditate, using Mindfulness and it’s teachings to help me observe the things I can’t change.
I have been on a few different mindfulness courses over the years and have found these lessons to be really helpful when we are surrounded with noise, both internally and externally, it can help you to focus on the moment, lets you check in with yourself and how you are feeling and raises an awareness of things that you may not have noticed before.
There are lots of ways to practice mindfulness, from breathing exercises to full on meditation sessions. My favorite is the Calm App which lets you practice different mindful skills and is a really good guide when starting out. I really like the Breathe section which helps you to focus on your breath. This always helps to centre me and bring me back to the present moment. I like to use this exercise when I am in work and need a few minutes to myself.
I think that having Quiet in our lives is even more important now than it ever has been and whether you choose mindfulness or any other way to have quiet moments, it is worth building this into your day-to-day routine.
How do you incorporate quiet into your life?