I don’t know about you, but I get often get swept up in the many distractions I allow into my life. The major offenders are my electronic gear: incoming emails, cell phone calls, television and radio programming, and music played on a cherished audio system. These distractions pull me away from important work, increase the volume and intensity of my mind chatter, and upset my equanimity.
When I recognize I’m caught up in the mind’s chatter, I’ve also learned to tune into my breath, allow the outbreath to lengthen naturally, and listen into the silence that emerges from deep within me.
Within this silence, I can feel my body relax and rest as the silence permeates the body-mind. I experience a letting go of a compulsion to “fix” a problem. But I am not only relaxed; I am focused as well. Moreover, I can still hear the birds outside my window, still smell the bacon I prepare mornings, and see raccoons foraging in one of the community’s dumpsters.
I’ve grown to value these silent interludes. How is it with you? Share your story with me!