July 02, 2010

Give your soul 15 minutes of good stuff every afternoon

I recently re-read Norman Vincent Peale's Guide To Confident Living

He's a big proponent of feeding your mind good stuff, especially when you are mentally taxed and over worked.  He's prescribed this to businessmen for decades, and in my experience, it works.  He points out that Dale Carnegie would leave his office each afternoon for about 15 minutes to sit quietly in a New York City church.  It was a great pick-me-up that often led to calmness and creativity for the rest of the day. 

As Peale points out, giving our soul this quietness is a better pick-me-up than most alternatives, such as coffee.  When you take this time, don't try and think about anything, in fact - think about nothing.  Just put yourself in a peaceful surrounding where nothing can interrupt you, and just defocus the mind.  

If you must think of something, think of the forces of nature, God or karma.  Think of how things always work out for the best, for those that are thoughtful.  Don't try and solve things during this time, turn the mind's engine off so the soul can have a romp.  

In my recent travels to Spain, while staying in Barcelona's Born district, I did just that.  At 6:30pm, the middle of their afternoon, I snuck into the Santa Maria del Mar church (what a place!).  I took my flip video and recorded a few minutes of peace to share with you.  I didn't try to do anything after that for ten minutes.  I made myself still.  Later, a big idea came to me for the book.  My soul talked to my subconscious, and worked out something pretty complicated.  It was a gift.  

Video: Two Minutes Of Peace at Santa Maria del Mar


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You hit home with this post, Tim. I often encourage my peers to take 15 minute walks. I've learned that they need to take them alone more than they need company. When they have company, it's a gripe session--which has its merits if solutions arise, but it is rarely as energizing as what you've written about here.



Great post Tim. All too often we struggle to connect to an idea and look outside for the answer, when the answer was inside us all along.
Thanks for the reminder!

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