Here’s a short one, in more ways than one.

“Too much input” could be the most basic definition for modern western life. There’s way too much stuff being shot at our attention: too many people, too many events, too many waves bobbing up & down while we try to breathe above the surface. News, calls & messages from friends, unwanted telemarketers, advertisements in print, online, and in your soup, annoying blog posts like this one…  Ayayayyy!!!

In the midst of this never ending overload, we can always benefit from a mental exercise that is so simple, it may seem archaic (and even futile) to some. At any given time during the day STOP whatever you’re doing and close your eyes. Sit (or stand) in a comfortable position, and for approximately 30 seconds clear your mind completely. Don’t think. Don’t worry. Don’t count your breaths. Don’t move. Just BE.

When you feel like it open your eyes and look around you. Notice if there’s any difference between the way you see your surroundings now from what you saw before the exercise.

This will help you to listen to the silence within that gets lost so easily in the daily din. When we open up to that silence we are better able to hear our inner voice and thus are able to find better solutions to any situation we may need to resolve, or perhaps get the knowledge that maybe we don’t have to. Repeat as necessary throughout the day.

Get in the habit of doing this daily and you’ll feel a noticeable difference in your emotional, mental, and perhaps even your physical state. It’s like a fresh swim for your whole being.

Please leave your feedback after doing it. Would love to know how it works for you.

Stay conscious,
Carli.

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