I tried my quiet day today. Actually, I didn't think of it until I'd done some really loud stuff, like listen to Morning Edition and go to aerobics. I'm not trying to become a different person though, just find some balance.
So there's no music with me as I work home alone today. In my ten minutes to and from the grocery store, I involuntarily turned on the radio no less than seven times.
I set aside a two hour chunk of time to work on editing my book today, but have been surprised at my own level of self distraction. A few minutes of work, a few minutes of texts, a few minutes of work, a few minutes checking in on Facebook, a few minutes of work and A CUPCAKE??? I was halfway into the cupcake before I realized that I wasn't even hungry. Unfortunately, I can't let food go to waste.
So I'm setting my timer now to work in 20 minute blocks. Twenty minutes without checking social media or eating something. It sounds easy enough. I am working on changing patterns without all the self loathing. It's a challenge.
Gina was so right last week when she said in class that once we are aware of something, then it becomes a choice. And we become responsible. This mindfulness is certainly not all unicorns and rainbows.