This blog is one of the many things I tend to do when I am trying to relax.
Whether it’s to wind down before bed, to de-stress in the middle of the day, or just to slow down time a bit, I turn to things like writing, reading, prayer, and listening to music.
However, recently I’ve noticed that in those times where I’m trying to relax, I find myself continuing to run my brain and tire myself out.
The purpose of my relaxation/reflection time isn’t to wear myself out – it’s to learn, reflect, and relax after a time of busyness.
Last night, I was listening to music and caught myself thinking about a bunch of things.
I was already pretty tired, but I was really wearing myself out mentally.
Once I caught myself a bit, I decided to take in the music I was listening to and take each beat, lyric, and note in as the moment was here.
It was really peaceful.
Music has always been one of the integral parts of my life.
I don’t know what I’d do without my music.
Honestly, all of the things I do that bring me peace and relaxation (writing, reading, music, prayer, etc.) I couldn’t live without.
So, I learned something new last night:
I already know how beneficial it is for me to stay in the present moment, but I found the sweet spot where I am mindful.
I found a true place of relaxation for the first time in a while.
This place was a mixture of breathing, listening, reflecting, and calming my body/mind.
I have found the most peaceful places of relaxation through prayer, music, and writing.
Whatever it may be that helps you relax, I hope that you can find that sweet spot where you are mindful, but your mind isn’t too full.
After all, we all need time to relax.
Make sure you make the most of that time.