I forget which P90X video Tony Horton says it, but he exclaims “Get Your Mind Right!”.
Our Life Balance Journey is made in that 3lb mass lodged in our skulls. We live in a very noisy world and unless we make a conscious effort, we will not find time to quiet our own minds. My mentor Craig Holiday suggests the following:
1) Find A Quiet Place
2) Think About The Path of Your Life
3) Dream for your Future
4) Visualize How You Can Live a More Profound and Significant Life.
Most of us can not get past #1. We have wives, kids, jobs, responsibilities, after work activities to run to for the kids, and by the time the kids are in bed, we are ready to collapse. One of the reasons I work out in the morning is that it is the time of the day I can reasonably predict some sense of quiet and alone time. This is when I work out and when I do my prayers and meditation for the day.
I remember when I started to take this practice onto the job. I would do simple things in my “downtime” at work. Riding up an elevator? I would take a few deep breaths, close my eyes, and quiet my mind…even if for 20 seconds. If a meeting hadn’t started yet and it was in a room with windows, I would look outside and admire the view.
I remember back in January when I started P90X2, I was in the second week and my mind wasn’t right that day. I was doing Plyocide and thinking about work and BAM, I Got Injured. My mind was somewhethe else. Be In The Moment!
One other thing that Craig talks about is being where you are. Think about that again…Be Where You Are! This simply means to FOCUS! If you are with your kids, be with your kids…100%. If you are at your job, focus on your job. If you are out on a date with your wife, dont check your email on your phone…be with your wife. The thought seems to go against the grain when we live in a society where multitasking is a sport. But when your head is in so many things, it is not focused on any one thing 100%.
This is one I struggle with and when my head gets too noisy, I remind myself to Quiet My Mind! If you can’t ge things out of your head, write them down. It truly is difficult for me to remain focused as my corporate executive upbringing leads me to A.D.D.. But like anything you try to get better at, it takes a self-consciousness to realize your dropping back into an old habit, catching yourself, and then refocusing.
When I would go on nature hikes with my Dad as a kid, he used to say that you need to be still for a few minutes for the forrest to come back to life. It is the same with our minds. If we are constantly running 100 mph, we don’t even give our mind a chance to come back to life from the day to day hustle and bustle of activity. So Quiet Your Mind. Close your eyes for a few minutes and let your mind come back to life!
To hopefully inspire you a bit, here is song by Zac Brown Band. It is a great song that I play to remind myself to breath deep, focus, and quiet my mind!
Quiet Your Mind
By: Zac Brown Band
Quiet Your Mind
I hear the waves
Sun beatin’ down on my shoulders
It’s a near-perfect day
Wishin’ I wouldn’t get any older
They say that it’s gone ‘fore you know it and
Soak it all in
It’s a game you can’t win
Enjoy the ride
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