Note #176 // Drinking in the silence.

I am a multi tasker. 

I'm a Londoner, it's in my blood. I watch You Tube videos while I cleanse my face. I watch catch up tv on my iPad while making dinner. I write blog posts and listen to music on the commute. I do not believe in wasting time.

But lately, I have been very aware of chatter and noise around me. And more importantly the desire, no, the need to quiet it. I noticed that nothing had my full attention any more. And much like a child, I always had to be entertained/ distracted/ doing something, and in doing that, wasn't actually getting much done. I've been trying to practise being a little more mindful and focused lately. Here's how.

Sometimes, you just need to be still.
Every so often, I just sit. Just for a few minutes at a time and think about what it is I notice when I pay attention: the quiet ticking of my bedroom clock. The sound of my bed covers moving as I snuggle under them. Every ache in my tired feet. Things that we can so easily ignore or just bypass. The little signs that your body gives you to tell you what it needs. That space, without earbud headphones jammed in my ears and a playlist coursing through them, has allowed for a much stronger connection with myself. To sit and think about things, how I'm feeling, where I'm at.

Breathe In. Breathe Out. 
I'm continuing with the Yoga with Adriene 30 days of yoga and Saturday morning has to be my absolute favourite time for practise. I crack the window, light a candle. No one's awake. It's just me and Adriene and my mat. I can even hear bird song sometimes. Yep, In London, where nothing ever stops. And even when I can't get to my mat, I sometimes just practise some simple yogic breathing to focus and calm my mind and remind me to be in the moment. It's pretty awesome. Never under estimate the power of a deep breath in and out.

Focus and single-tasking
I have a subscription to Red magazine, always pick up the free-sheets and save things to my Pocket app to "read later". But later never comes. This then leads to lamenting when I see a growing pile of magazines and playing the "I have no time" card. Allowing just half an hour of a weekend to go through some of that content has been truly rewarding. It's time for me, doing what I want to do, expanding my mind, indulging in my interests.

Do you have enough quiet time? How do you make the most of it?

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