“It’s quiet in the car, in a good way for once. No words, no music. Silence seems right. I roll down the windows and lean my head against the door frame, listening to the wind rush by and smelling the pine trees. I watch the stars materialize, like someone is dimming the switch on the night sky so each shining dot grows brighter and brighter.” – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, ‘How My Summer Went Up In Flames’
Life is busy, noisy and full on! These things do not necessarily constitute a life going badly, these are features whether you are experiencing success or failure (we hope for the former, though!). If you are anything like me, you tend to rather cram stuff in. And again, if you are anything like me, you are at your best whom you have managed to find some time for your brain to recalibrate.
I find that my wellbeing is at its healthiest, my productivity at its best and my happiness at its most present when I have found time for me to organise my thoughts. I have always valued time put aside fro headspace as it helps me to sort through the jink in my head, to solve problems and to carve out some quiet time free from concern or pressure.
This is time that I generally manage to find during exercise or a long lie in at the weekend. However, when you are busy, these things are not always possible. What is possible, however, is finding time in the day, when you are out and about to spend 5 minutes not in pursuit of anything, whether that pursuit be physical or mental. These moments, I believe, are essential to your wellbeing, and for keeping the cogs of your brain well oiled!
1. Peace in The Car
I listen to music all the time. I listen to it at home, when I am working, in the gym, but most of all I listen to it in transit. There’s nothing wrong with this, but I sometimes feel that I listen to music so much sometimes that it loses a little magic. Having silence in the car instead of the radio is kind of magical in itself. You are in total silence, and in your own private space, whilst at the same time being in the middle of all of the commotion of the outside world. Take calm and serenity from your surroundings whist driving, focus and observe the world around you from within your comfortable car and feel your mind free up and your connectedness to your environment improve.
2. Peace in The Park
Even if you live in the city, it is likely that you will find an area of green somewhere. Next time you are on your way to somewhere and have an extra 5 minutes, just stop and be silent in the world for a moment. Perhaps you walk through a park on your way home from work, or pass a common, or field, or even graveyard.
My local park has a few hidden wooded areas that I occasionally like to duck into for a moment of peace. These places remind me of the woods near where I grew up. I just stand and look up at the sky through the trees and let my mind fill with comforting feelings of nostalgia.
3. Peace at A Window
This is a great way to hp you with your workplace wellbeing. If it is proving to be a tough day, find yourself a window. I used to work in the middle of London in a 7 story building; the stairwell windows used to offer a wonderful view of Regent Street. However, any window to the outside world will do, whether it be a break room, an empty office, a bathroom, or you might even be able to, as I sneakily used to do, pop out onto the roof.
Watching the world go by can be extremely peaceful and therapeutic. The gentle rhythm of everyday movements can be soothing, and the expansive view of a city can sometimes help to offer a little perspective.
4. Peace in The Lift
A very short moment of piece, to be sure. If you ever find yourself alone in the lift and need to calm yourself or get your mind in order, I recommend you close your eyes and focus on both the silence of the lift and your breath. During your floor to floor journey, take some deep soothing breaths. You’ll be amazed at the fresh vitality this can offer you.
5. Peace at Night
Sometimes, as I come home at night, I take a moment to stop and enjoy the silence of a place that is usually bustling and busy. It is often the street that I live on. I like to hear the trees rustling in the breeze, see the lights on in people’s homes and enjoy the moment of serenity before I plunge back into my home life.
6. Peace in A Museum
After a place for a peaceful moment in a big city? Museums and galleries are often free, and absolutely perfect for peace and contemplation. My personal favourite is the National Portrait gallery in Trafalgar Square, London!
By Chris Thomson
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