I keep reading it takes twenty-three minutes of time to get your mind to get back to the state it was in while in focused thinking or deep meditation from someone or something distracting it.
if I were to give you 9,906 free hours, or 247 free work weeks of time in your life to do whatever you wished, what do you think you could accomplish? I mean that is 4,75 years to do and follow your passion. what would you do with that time?
so why do we tend to allow these distractions of life to waste so much of our lives?
there are two basic states of the human brain and how it operates. the open and then the closed brain. I don’t know all the details of how they did the research measure this, I only know this from experience where you are focused and working in an open brain state and someone comes by and distracts you. you lose the momentum of the flow of the mind, which can and is very fickle and delicate between open and closed brain states.
why do I get up earlier than most and use those first few hours to pray, meditate, brainstorm and close out with these 10 minutes of life? It is because unless you are juggling time zone – I wager many of the people are still in bed, sleeping away and in that time you get some silence and peace before what is more like a bomb of busy goes off with a scurry of activity that is a checklist of obligations that have some lamenting how tired they are.
“do you ever take the time to be with yourself? exercise? pray or meditate?” now that I type…it doesn't have to be a whole lot of time to do any of it…you can have an amazing change in your personal mindset and aura with 20 minutes each during the day to improve your quality of being and seemingly create more time and quality of life for yourself.
so why do so few do it? I really don’t know. perhaps it is simply the world teaches people to be busy? somehow from childhood to adulthood we are taught a way of life and living that is “right” and many stop asking, “why?” and just slog through time and forget what makes them happy and improves their being to walk through all the pain, sorrow, troubles and tribulations that exist in real life.
do you ever get frustrated hearing people saying, I don't have time, I am so busy, I have a list of so much do – yet, they never take the time on a consistent basis to take care of themselves with a little exercise, meditation, prayer, or going and doing something they love – simple things that are passionate in creating something or doing something for themselves - no matter if it makes money or makes another happy. it is a bit like watching someone shooting themselves in the foot and then blaming others that they got shot in the foot.
you can do a little of this on a daily basis. you eat actual food a few times a day. why do people forget to feed their hearts, souls, physical bodies and emotions a few times a day, but rather deplete themselves, they are building inside themselves. it doesn’t happen on a whim or when one feels like it – there is a structure and a discipline to it all – even if it might not appear to be if you are observing the other.
but if someone looks like they are busy or deep in thought, take a moment to wait before interrupting them…23 minutes is not a long time. but if you really learn how to use it…you can take 23 minutes for an amazing meditation or prayer, you can do a decent workout, take a power nap, sketch out some new ideas.
the key part is allowing the mind not to get distracted by the seeming time wasters of others’ lives. you will have some people argue that doing things to improve yourself is a waste of time. you will simply have to wonder, “have these same people ever tried it?”
23 minutes doesn’t seem like much, but let’s take one distraction a day where you have to rework yourself back to the state you were in…23 a day, that's 161 minutes a week, 8,372 minutes a year, 594,412 minutes for the average life on earth (71 years approx.) and that is only with one distraction in thinking per day.
if I were to pay you to do whatever you wanted for the next 4.75 years. what would you use the time for? or would you simply continue to just be. “so busy?”