Growing up the youngest of six kids, with a very large extended family that included many neighbors, finding my own space to simply “be” was not very easy, at least not inside our home. It seemed like there was always someone or something (numerous dogs and cats) making noise or someone continuously coming in or going out. At a very young age I found my sacred space in nature or in my head.
When I needed my own time out, my place for peace and solitude, most of the time I turned to nature. We had the perfect trees for climbing in our yard and at the school down the street from us. It was a regular practice for me, even then, to sit among the trees and simply listen to the soothing sounds of the birds singing, the wind blowing and the leaves rustling. I found my sacred space through what I know today to be a shamanic journey or meditation. I would find my own peace of mind in my head. If it was raining or too cold and I needed an escape chances are I was probably tucked away in a closet somewhere in the house where I would close my eyes and let my imagination run free. In the quiet space my journey took me to the most incredible places and still does today.
What can you do to find a few minutes of “quiet” in your life right now and why would you want to?
Let me start with the “why” first.
A few minutes of silence on a daily basis has the potential to:
- relieve and eliminate stress
- lower blood pressure
- relieve pain
- improve concentration and focus
- expand your creativity
- increase your happiness quotient
- foster wholeness
The list for increasing your overall wellbeing is endless.
Now, how do you find a few minutes to escape?
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying ‘I don’t want to’.” Lao Tzu
First, you have to commit to making time in your day, you have to “want” to include a few minutes of stillness in your life. Once you decide to do that you can:
- Find a place in nature, even if it’s in your head
- Create a “sacred space” to sit in your home or office
- Listen to your breath, focusing on slowing it down
- Count to 100 and then count backwards to 0
- Close your eyes and squeeze a stress ball
- Focus on a particular spot or thing for five minutes
- When practicing, recognize the thoughts in your head as simply thoughts, with no judgement.
With regular practice you will begin to reap the benefits, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Isn’t it time you gave yourself permission for a little “quiet, please?”
For more information on finding your sacred space, meditation, and shamanic journeying visit Teri’s website at: http://SoulcialLiving.com