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Quiet Moments that Boost Productivity

This morning I chose to arrive 15 minutes later to work.  Not late just later.  In that same block of time, I sat quietly and read an article that I've been putting off for a while.  A great use of a quarter hour.

Where in your schedule are 15 quiet moments?

I like to think that there is a bit of monk in all of us.  The BBC series, Finding Sanctuary was so popular because of this. When I take students away from the noise and hustle of the world, they too find that quiet moments actually boost their overall well-being when they return to the "real world".

Some suggestions from Finding Sanctuary:


  1. Find a quiet place free from distraction

  2. Sit with your limbs uncrossed and with a straight back, hands in your lap

  3. Simply breathe at regular speed but breathe deeply and relax

  4. Close your eyes and think of a beautiful scene from the natural world

  5. Take a simple phrase and repeat it continuously in time with your breathing



Five Meditation Phrases from the Christian Tradition:



  • Come and illumine my darkness

  • Be still and know that I am God

  • God be in my head and in my understanding

  • Come Holy Spirit and inflame my heart

  • Come Lord Jesus




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