Let me explain. Being present with intent requires thought, decision making and action. Those things consume a ton of energy and willpower. It gets depleted throughout the day. That’s why adequate sleep (I wish), exercise and yes some form of relaxation or non-think activities are good for you. I’ll be the first to admit that I think too damned much! So I’m intuitively aware that I need to shut it down for brief periods of time otherwise I just wear down.
Many, many people swear by meditation as a means to quiet the mind and get into that non-think space. I’ve tried and tried and I just can’t do it by the traditional methods. That’s just me but kudos to you if you can.
So I have to find other means by which to get there. So here are a few that work for ME.
Exercise- I am so NOT a gym rat kind of guy but it IS 5 degrees out in NY right now with snow on the ground so hitting a tennis ball against the wall in the park isn’t happening right now. That being said, I can reach that non-think runners high while trudging along on the treadmill or stair-master. Skiing, which I really hope to do soon now that the white stuff is in my backyard, also gets me there. So exercise is good on so
many fronts- Good for all around health, can quiet the mind thus preserving you willpower and decision making allotment.
Music-Listening to it, creating it, playing it-All the above also helps get me to that place.
Water- Water you say? I’m kind of weirdo in that I often take what I call Bath-Showers. I start off just soaking in a hot tub for about 15-20 minutes. I have chronic neck/back pain from fused, compressed disks and whatnot. So soaking it in hot water offers some relief. I can usually grab a few moments of zen-like non-think time while doing so (That’s if I’m not reading or contemplating the meaning of life). I usually do all the
above in varying degrees depending on the day.
Then there’s the water in the summer. Ocean, lake, river, pool, I don’t care. It refreshes, invigorates and just feels darned good. While just doing a dead man’s float if you will I also can get into a kind of numb mind state. Body surfing also gets me there (that exercise thing again).
So what do you guys do to get into that restful replenishing kind of space or zone? All of the aforementioned things do help me get there but not for anywhere near enough periods of time. My undiagnosed ADHD (I don’t need a shrink to realize that sitting still for more than 10 seconds is an issue-LOL) probably doesn’t
Have a great day and stay warm!