Using Peace & Quiet as a Method of Self-Care

By Ashleigh Hitchcock, Reprinted with permission.

plant-in-the-window“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
~ Eleanor Brown

A reflection.

I have a chaotic life with three kids, two to four jobs and a dog. There are a lot of moving pieces in my life. When I think of self-care, I think of finding quiet moments of rejuvenation.

Spending a few moments in silence, here and there, keeps me sane and gives me peace of mind.

Here are a few tranquility tricks I have up my sleeve to help squeeze calm moments into my busy day:

  1. Meditation. Sitting meditation is simply finding the quiet spot in our minds. I spend 10 to 15 minutes doing a sitting meditation, before I wake the kids up. I light a candle and a small piece of incense (that takes 10 minutes to burn as a timekeeper). I sit on my block and check in with my posture and breath, I bow and I breathe. In and out. I return to the out breath if I find myself thinking about anything. Quieting my mind reminds me that I always have a silent place residing inside of me. It’s comforting.

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