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The “Silent Five” – Sitting With Your Self

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For those that live a hectic lifestyle (as is the norm for the majority of people today) it is very easy to wear the body out, and I’m sure that there is no shortage of worn out bodies walking around. There is something that is very important for the commander of your organism (you, in other words) to heed, and that is listening to your body. It’s harder for people now to listen to their body’s signals and accurately interpret them, due largely to the existence of, and ability to satisfy the heavily influential convenience drive, and the running “doing” of present human life. Yet, the body’s needs exist nonetheless, and it will come knocking when they are not met.

One of the greatest things that one can do for their body and mind, is to stop “doing” for a period of time, and release the control of the conscious mind to allow the “phantom operator” subconscious mind to come through and align the many components of the body and mind in harmonic orchestration. Thus, I dub this period of non-doing the “Silent Five”, where the only thing that is done is sitting, standing, lying, what have you, for at least five minutes, daily. The only activities that should remain are those that one can’t help doing (unless one wish not to continue the life of the body) such as breathing, pumping of the heart, having blood flow through vessels and so on. Just sit for these five minutes, eyes closed if you wish, or only slightly closed, it is up to how you feel, but having the eyes closed coaxes the mind to turn in more effectively. The thoughts will come, as they do, but it is okay, for that is the function of the brain in your head. As they arise, observe, acknowledge and let pass. Playing relaxing music may be helpful. Either way, the most important thing is to find what works best for you, in order for you to relax and simply be without stress.

This “time out” is something that everyone can use, and if you feel that five minutes is not enough, than listen to your body, and go for longer if you wish. Once you are in tune with your body, it will tell you when it has had enough of anything, and not just silent sitting.

The “Silent Five” can be done any time of day, but relaxing and meditative activities are usually best reserved for the morning hours and the period just before the body and mind are laid to rest. Additionally, the middle of the day is another optimal chunk of time, giving oneself a nice energy bust for the remainder of the day.

Just like with the relaxation exercise, be sure to take your “Silent Five” break when there are no distractions. It’s important to allow for uninterrupted “simmering” on your silent setting to enable things to adjust out appropriately.

Any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Happy silence ^_^

 

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Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

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