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Have Your Favorite Drink - Engage Brain

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It doesn't have to be alcoholic, whatever your favorite drink is will be fine! In winter it may be something hot, summer calls for something cold. Sit where you will not be disturbed and where you will have absolute quiet. Speaking of absolute quiet, it was not until sitting on my back patio the other day (here in the mountains) that I realized what absolute quiet sounds like. At first you think there is no sound at all. Then little by little you hear small little sounds that you never noticed before. The birds are chirping or twittering, small scurrying sounds reach your ears, the sound of crickets may be mixed in. Most people, especially if you don't live alone, or are in the city cannot even imagine anything as quiet as an afternoon or evening in a nearly isolated location.

So here you are, letting your brain ramble lazily over various things going on in your life. If even there was a time and place to solve whatever is bothering you, it would be now! Your body is relaxed, it leaves room for logic and good sense to take over. You may have the solution to your problem in the back of your mind, and just don't choose to acknowledge it. Sometimes it's hard to say "no" or "enough" to a loved one but to really help them, it's what you must do.

This is also a time when you can admit to yourself "why" you aren't doing as well on your Healthy Lifestyle as you'd like. YOU, and maybe only you know of a forbidden treat that you ate when no one was around. You also know if you've been consistent with your exercise program. If you're guilty of any of these things, only you knows the real reason behind it. Do you really want to lose weight? Or are you scared? I know there can be lots of reasons, and some of them sound silly if you say them out loud.

Now if drinking in isolation and thinking things over doesn't seem to help you, another trick I have up my sleeve is to get outside and do some gardening or yard work. It can be strenuous or fairly low-key. The secret is that an hour outside, with that type of activity can be as well spent as an hour with a shrink, and cheaper too! I myself have solved many problems just by working in my yard. The answers are already there -- you just need to slow your brain down enough for the answer to make itself known.

So emoticon or emoticon + emoticon emoticon just might solve whatever worries or depresses you.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LYNETTEMOM 5/20/2013 2:26PM

    oh, Eve, yes, yes, yes.
we are kindred spirits.

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ARTJAC 5/12/2013 1:59AM

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CATLADY52 5/11/2013 8:50PM

    I've tried meditation off and on but have never been able to NOT think about everything else. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2013 3:42PM

    Great advice...just came back from five days in the mountains of Lake Tahoe and it was wonderful.

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WARRIORGIRL121 5/11/2013 11:23AM

    Great blog! Living out in the rural countryside like I do, I can certainly relate to the quiet solitude you're talking about! It sounds you're talking about my area! :)

It's wonderful for so many things - for relaxing, for thinking, for planning, or even just enjoying those little sounds most people don't notice. My preferred drinks depend on the season and the time of day.... morning is hot coffee, daytime in summer is iced water or tea, and in evening sometimes I'll switch to hot tea.

Thanks for sharing! Fun! emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/11/2013 10:47AM

    Such a wise, tried and true blog!! Thank you for so eloquently putting it down here for us!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/11/2013 10:06AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/11/2013 8:49AM

    I like quiet time on my back porch so enjoy your time

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JACK714 5/11/2013 8:14AM

    You had me on the drinking part, but lost my on the gardening. lol

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    I noticed when I moved to an area away from the hustle and bustle of the big city that I spend more time in contemplative thought. There is something calming about sitting and listening to the quiet activity of nature. For years my husband and I have had the routine of daily taking our favorite drink (coffee for me, beer for him), sitting on our deck that overlooks the creek running through our back yard and quietly sit together. Sometimes we talk about our day, sometimes we just sit and enjoy the quiet time together.

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ROSAMARCELLE 5/11/2013 3:17AM

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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