“Like too many of us, I mistook a busy life for a rich one.” ~ Anne D. LeClaire
In 2011, I read the book Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence by Anne D. LeClaire and it impacted me greatly because she took time to be silent and go within. When I was retired, I thought I would have to time to do everything I wanted, but I was wrong. I quickly realized that I was stressed running from one activity to the next. I was just as busy, if not busier than when I worked full time and I realized it was not the ideal situation for leading a balanced life. So, I created a plan and took the month of April off from social engagements and activities. I used the time to get grounded, go slower, spend more time in silence, connect to nature and focused on answering the questions who I am and what do I want.
During the month of April, I didn’t schedule any activities – no yoga classes, no art classes, no lunches with friends, no meetings, no doctor’s appointments, no gatherings with friends, etc. It sounds just like what we are all having to do now, but I did it on purpose. It usually takes me a week to decompress and mindfully accomplish the things on my to do list and then for the next 3 weeks I focus on getting centered, being creative, reading spiritually, and cleansing my body, mind and spirit. After the month, I am rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world again from a calmer and more peaceful mindset.
Each of us has to determine how to wisely spend our time in quarantine. Here are the things that help me stay engaged and allow me to get grounded and at peace with myself. These might not work for you, but may give you ideas for things you can do to make the most out of this time.
How are you making the most of your time in quarantine?
Share ideas of things you are doing?
3/31/2020 09:38:56 am
I always enjoy your blog. Thank you for sending it.
3/31/2020 10:04:40 am
Thanks for commenting Carol. I know that everyone is on overload with Covid-19 information. Part of me feels that I should stop posting these blogs and part of me feels like if we all share we see we are all connected with our hopes and fears. Be well and share what you are doing during the quarantine
4/1/2020 11:52:41 am
Keep on posting your blogs. Positive thought during a time when they are needed most!
4/1/2020 12:11:25 pm
Thanks Ron - I appreciate the vote of confidence
10/4/2020 07:17:28 pm
I always thoughtfully and mindfully read your blogs! Sometimes I copy quotes and reflect on them in my own journals. Sometimes I just think while I’m reading. I love the reminders. I also love following your activities and posts on Facebook. You are active and insightful and you inspire me. Thank you so much🌹
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