|After weeding the sun garden I sat for a moment and enjoyed the quiet of the morning.|
Just Be; Welcoming the Silence
Yes, it is dangerous; we know that. But it is also pretty sad. When did this happen when we cannot sit for a few moments with our thoughts and just be? Why do we have to be plugged in, tuned in, online, busy, busy, busy every single moment?
The media is training us to rely on bite-sized news stories with one or two ticker tapes running across the television screen. We are living in a society where we earn bragging rights, medals of honor, when we say how little we slept, how much we got done and what we missed in our personal lives to accomplish something at work.
On many occasions I see walkers at the park reading a book on their iPads as they walk. Walkers and runners far more often than not are listening to music. And there are always people on their phones. I will admit that I run with music. I find that if I do not hear how out of shape I am I tend to run longer and faster.
I know I am sounding like a curmudgeon right now, a real killjoy, but chances are you have left this page already (it is a post over one paragraph long). But there is a reward, a big prize for those of you who stick with me during this little rant of sorts.
One of the easiest things you can do to ...
make yourself happy,
feel good which makes you want to be kind to others
help you sleep so you feel good in the morning
be better at work and with your family
feel less stress and anxiety and help lift a cloud of depression is ...
Just be. Just be quiet, still and calm for a few moments a day outside.
Studies show spending time in nature reduces stress and anxiety, can help us become healthier, clear minded and happy. BUT!! You cannot expect the wonderful healing powers of nature to work if you shut it out all the time.
Next time you come to the park I encourage you to leave the gadgets behind and just be; be quiet, be still, be calm. Give it a try for 15 minutes.
Come for our parties and dances. Run with your music on so you fly up those big hills. But every so often come to the park to just be..