I LOVE books and together with my yoga practice they are my version of an anti-depressant. I would happily spend my days and nights reading if given the chance.
Most of us that follow the various wellness blogs (my personal favourites are Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr and Jess Ainscough) are familiar with the concept of Self Love Sunday so for today’s Quiet Quest I will be indulging in some reading. Focused reading that is.
Now initially I wasn’t going to include reading in my Quiet Quest as I wanted to have an element of challenge in my daily quiet time. But today as I was attempting to read a book on the beach between looking to see that my children hadn’t drowned or gone missing, I was delighted to discover a mindfulness technique of ‘focused’ reading.
The technique requires you to make a little mark at the top corner of the page every time your mind starts to wander.
I have often been ‘reading’ a book only to come to a crucial part of the story or commentary before realising my mind was elsewhere and I have to re-read the pages that my eyes obviously had just scanned over.
So this simple technique is not only a simple way of testing my awareness and concentration but a delightful excuse to include reading in my Quiet Quest.
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Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson