21 Day Self-Care Challenge ~ Day 14
Quiet Your Mind
Having a quiet mind leads to peace of mind. And, who wouldn’t want that? I’ve found that the easiest way to quiet my mind is to sit in silence and pay attention to my breath. You don’t need any special music or mantras just your breath. Some of the benefits of finding inner stillness are:
- Stress reduction – when you focus on your breath, calmness and relaxation take over your body.
- Enhanced creativity – some of my most creative moments come after taking a shower and just being relaxed while the warm water hits my body. New ideas seem to flow easily to me when the busyness in my mind is shut off.
- Better sleep – When your mind is quiet, it is much easier to drift off to sleep. A busy mind leads to restlessness and insomnia. There was a time when I just couldn’t shut off all the noise in my head. I would review what went on that day, what I had to do the next day, what someone said to me. I had so much trouble falling asleep. Thankfully, that’s no longer an issue for me. I fall asleep very quickly since I learned about following my breath. If you find that you have trouble quieting your mind at night and this technique isn’t working, there is a homeopathic remedy I like called Quietude. It helps quiet your busy mind so you can fall asleep.
- Improved concentration and mental clarity – when you get into the practice of quieting your mind, you will find that it opens the space for your mind to work better. Haven’t you noticed that when you have a lot on your mind it hard to focus and think clearly?
- Greater inner peace – the more you are able to quiet your mind, the more peaceful you will become.
“Man was meant to sit quietly and discover his truth within.”
~ Lao Tzu~
Today’s Challenge – Take some time out today to just sit in silence, or go for a long walk without music and focus on your breath. Notice your chest rising and falling and you inhale and exhale. That’s all you have to do, you will notice that it’s easy to release your busy mind when you are focusing on your breath. Try it a couple of times today, and then add it to your daily practice especially if you experience any stress during the day.