Welcome to my new blog, Life with the Zoom Lens On. Thank you for being here with me. We're still percolating and letting our best self filter through and being our best ever you, of course, but let's take it another step. My goal with this new blog is to help us make one thing, thought, idea, value, belief, etc…. the focus point.
What's your focus for today?
Let's focus on the need for quiet.
We may even add peace to our need for quiet. It's so-o-o-o-o-o-o loud out there right now. There are so many different directions, thoughts, ideas, comments, events, and opinions constantly vying for our attention. How do we choose what to pay attention to and what to ignore? How do we choose when to be silent and when to be vocal? Are you finding quiet moments?
These might be easy decisions right now and in fact, I'm hearing more and more people are preserving their mindset and well-being by choose moments of extreme quiet. I've chatted with several people in our community and even have recommended scheduling quiet for yourself if you can't seem to find the time for it.
I find there to be a difference between absolute quiet and peaceful quiet. To me absolute quiet means taking a specific time for be totally silent and without noise in the background. Peaceful quiet might be listening to birds, music, reading, photography, the ocean, or a peaceful walk.
I think there is a difference. Do you?
This blog will take you through a journal exercise and an actual mindset exercise to follow to help you find more quiet for yourself.
Lie on the floor on your back and quiet your mind. I've done this exercise a few times with people and I've received comments back such as, "My mind won't quiet." or "My mind races."
This exercise is to lie on the floor with your mind and if it does race or not quiet, pay attention to how long it takes for it to quiet down. I'd recommend scheduling 30 minutes to an hour for this the first time you do this exercise.
You might repeat the sentence to yourself, "My mind is quiet. My heart is at rest. I am peaceful." This might help block what you are actually thinking.
Otherwise, let your mind race the first few times and keep doing this exercise until you start to quiet down. You might have a lot on your mind.
One trick to quieting your mind, might be breathing. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 1-2-3-4 and out through your mouth for 1-2-3-4. You decide. But controlled breathing can assist you.
If you find you have a ton of noise, consider getting a journal and writing it down so that you can get the thoughts out in different ways.
This exercise is not meant for music or mantras or audio tapes. It's meant for just you and to be quiet. Learn to quiet your mind.
Again, today we ask: How are you? Are you pushing through? Are you living in fear or anxiety? Are you stressed? Are you happy? Sad? How are you? In your journal, here are some concepts to write about or spark a conversation with another person.
Are you able to quiet your mind?
What are you thinking about?
How long does it take for you to settle down and be quiet?
Do you also have trouble falling asleep?
Where do you find quiet energy?
What is the difference between absolute quiet and peaceful noise or quieting activities?
What does tranquility mean to you?
When multiple issues are playing out and you have stress or disturbances, are you able to set aside quiet time?
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About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
Elizabeth Hamilton Guarino is one of America's most trusted mindset, leadership and personal & corporate development consultants. As the Founder and CEO of Best Ever You and Compliance4, Elizabeth has helped thousands around the globe be their best and achieve world-class excellence. Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer of Compliance4 and creator of The Best Ever You Network. Elizabeth is the author of the best-selling, award-winning, personal development book PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through (Hay House) and multiple children’s books as a contributor and author. Elizabeth and her husband, Peter R. Guarino and four sons live in Maine. Follow Elizabeth on Instagram here: @ElizabethHamiltonGuarino #BestEverYou