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  • Writer's pictureShannon Green

Daily maintenance of the mind

I had a therapist explain to me how important maintenance of the mind is on a daily basis. He explained that we need to think of our mind like we do about our cars. Cars require constant attention and maintenance in order to perform at their peak performance. Daily maintenance of the mind via meditation, yoga, prayer, mindfulness, gratitude practice, hobbies, and spending time in nature can keep things from reaching a crisis situation. I call this slowing down the "rat race" of our lives.

"Chronic Pain Hacker" book explains the connection between mind, body, and soul. This is an integrated approach to healing the body and mind from the inside out. Humans spend a significant amount of time working on the outside of the body, often at the expense of our mind. We live in a put out "fires" society so that we only address issues when they reach crisis status.

The journey of the human condition is not for the weak of heart. It requires turning off the noise of the world for a few moments throughout the day to practice mindfulness, mediation, or just sitting quietly in a dark room with no distractions. I taught my son from an early age to have "quiet time" each day whether that means a nap, sitting quietly, or lying down listening to music. 20 minutes per day is optimal but start out small with only 5 minutes if 20 seems like too much.

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