How To Experience 30 Minutes Of Mindful Bliss

The art of rejuvenation

We need more bliss in our lives

The constant pressures, stressors, and demands of modern life create an acidic mental state that eats away at your cells one by one. We live in a continuous state of alertness, anxiety, and other harmful stimuli that saps our energy.

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil — Thomas Edison

Solitude is not loneliness

Solitude is the physical state of being alone. Loneliness refers to the unpleasant emotional state from being without friends or family. The two words are related but not the same. We often seek solitude to unwind. We experience loneliness when we lack relationships.

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude — Aldous Huxley

We’ve lost the ability to feel true solitude

I started hiking in the mid-1990s before the dawn of cell phones. Before my hike, I would tell a friend or family member the trail route and expected time of return. If you don’t hear from me by then, call me. That was the rule back then.

You cannot experience true solitude in a state of alertness threatened by distractions. The possibility of a text, notification or knock on the door keeps your brain on high alert and disrupts your bliss.

The expectation of constant availability interferes with your ability to disconnect from the world and relax. The allure of social media notifications keeps your mind itching to check just once.

What is sacred time?

Sacred time expands on solitude. You disconnect from the world and engage in something that brings you peace and heightened awareness. Humans once practiced sacred time in abundance. Before the industrial age, we had no choice. We lacked the connectedness and population density of the modern world.

Sacred time allows you to live life in a bubble. You’re protected from the stressors of the world, allowing your mind and body to rejuvenate.

You need to go beyond the mere absence of others; you need temporary isolation and movement. In periods of solitude we may impose a goal on ourselves: write a specific number of words, come up with a bunch of ideas or create something of substance.

How To Achieve Sacred Time

Sacred time relies on three principles.

Put it into practice

Carve out thirty minutes a day to yourself

Work around your schedule. If you can’t find thirty minutes during the day, wake up early. Do your thirty minutes when nobody expects anything of you.

Pick an activity

Choose an activity with movement but avoid anything physically exhausting. Walking, hiking and recreational cycling serve this purpose. Modest physical exertion allows your brain to roam free.

Set your phone to airplane mode.

Yes, I know it’s painful. You won’t be reachable. Sheltering yourself from the outside world feels scary. No doubt you’ll suffer from FOMO the first few days. In a short time, you’ll look forward to your temporary invisibility.

Avoid heavily populated trafficked areas

You might find that challenging in a dense city, but even NYC has its pockets of isolation like Central Park.

Begin your period of sacred time

If you follow the above guidelines, you’ll start your thirty-minutes free from the pressures, demands, and expectations of the outside world. You’ll finish your thirty minutes feeling recharged, ready to attack the rest of your day.

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Experimenter in life, productivity, and creativity. Work in Forge | Elemental | Business Insider | GMP | Contact: barry@barry-davret dot com.

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