Mondays Mindfulness Message SIT WITH YOURSELF IN INTENTIONAL SILENCE . . When was the last time you sat, no phone in hand, no music, no fidgeting, no hot man or lady massaging your shoulders 😁 no distractions - just you - sitting with yourself? Still. Have you ever done this? . . Find a spot & sit. . . 💓Tune in to what you hear, listen deeply to sounds close to you & then those far away. 💓Tune in to what thoughts you have - is your mind overcrowded with junk & negative thoughts or worrying thoughts - let them go. If you do this often silence will help you learn to shape your thoughts. . 💓What do you notice about your surroundings? 💓What sensations do you feel in your body? . 💓What emotions come up for you? 💓What challenges arise? . It takes courage to be still. To face yourself. For some to not talk or not move. To tune in to what is going on internally. To not be stimulated for a time. . . But the benefits are epic. If you ever need a mood boost or some clarity of mind then sit in silence for a bit. When we give our brains time to rest we access a more intuitive form of thinking. Do this especially if you have that "monkey brain" going on. . I love it & do this most mornings before I meditate. . . Tim Kreider wrote in The New York Times recently, "the space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done". . . Give it a try everyday this week, just 5 minutes a day then name 3 things you are grateful for & 3 things you want to call in for your life. See what things silence will teach you.