Sept 13: Find the Silence
Do you feel pulled in many directions each day? With a mix of obligations for others and things you do for yourself, the world needs and wants alot from us.
On top of that social media, technology... it's alot.
And it can feel pretty loud sometimes.
Where do you build silence intentionally into your day?
Our time and attention can quickly be swallowed up once the day gets rolling, and we hopefully find silence as we sleep, but evening might in fact be an ideal time to carve out intentional silence for ourselves.
Not simply 'being too tired to talk' while you scroll on your cell phone, but doing silence on purpose. Elevating silence so that it is valued the same way we value other priorities each day.
Today's Challenge: set aside time for intentional silence.
This could take any form that feels right for you:
sipping decaffinated tea or coffee without distraction, soaking in the silence
a walk in your neighborhood, really listening to the sounds of the city, of these streets
journalling / writing
yoga, stretching or any morning movement that helps you to rediscover, feel and hear your body after a long day.
sitting outside for 10 minutes and breathing the fresh air
The list of ideas goes on...
And so, try making room for intentional silence this evening.
See how it feels to fully focus on it, take in the space that silence gives us in this busy world we live in.
Try savouring silence on purpose, rather than on autopilot as you go about your evening.
See what thoughts come up, what you hear and notice, how present you feel doing silence on purpose.
Then, get after the rest of your plans for your Damn Focused Night, and make this evening count.
Here's your evening song, the Tsok Offering Tibetan chant. Try it before or after your silent time, or while you wind down tonight.
PS if you have a favorite song that feels good for you in the morning, drop it in the link below! Would love to share it with the community.