our world is an always-on jumble of noise

Most of us don’t escape to the mountain’s to meditate in perfect peace. So how do you find stillness in the busyness—even if your “down time” is on your 15-minute commute?

For just a moment, I escaped the busyness of my life and found a precious oasis of solitude. It was a rare opportunity to step away from the responsibilities of marriage, parenting my two young daughters, and my thriving counseling practice. In those blissful 36 hours of "me-time," I felt a renewed sense of energy and inspiration.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that finding time for self-reflection doesn't always require grand gestures or elaborate plans. It can be as simple as taking a few moments to meditate or practicing mindful breathing. The key is to create small pockets of stillness in our daily lives, where we can reconnect with ourselves and tap into our inner wisdom.

If you find yourself yearning for more moments of solitude and self-discovery, but can't carve out three whole days of coffee-shop-hopping in the city, don't worry. You're not alone. Life can be busy, and it's important to find practices that work for you in the midst of your responsibilities.

Consider starting with just three minutes of guided meditation. Set aside a few moments each day to create a sacred space for yourself. Take a deep breath, let go of the outside world, and turn your attention inward. There are many resources available, such as meditation apps or online guided sessions, that can support you on this journey.

By making space for yourself and embracing these moments of stillness, you open the door to discovering new practices and perspectives that can align you with your deepest self. It's a journey of exploration and self-discovery, where you can uncover hidden treasures within yourself that can only be found in those quieter moments.

Remember, it's not about the quantity of time you spend in solitude, but the quality of presence you bring to it. Even a few minutes of intentional self-reflection can have a profound impact on your well-being and sense of inner peace.

So, my friend, take a deep breath, find a comfortable space, and give yourself permission to pause. Embrace the power of solitude and let it guide you towards a deeper connection with yourself.