Our lives have become so hectic that by the time we are done dealing with the routine stuff of life, our day job, daily chores, social commitments and not to forget the endless notifications on the ubiquitous “smartphone”, we realize that one more day has passed by. And the next day it is the same grind all over again. In all this madness we all need some “ME” time daily.
So what is this “ME” time?
Simply put, it is the time you spend talking with yourself, sifting through your thoughts, looking back on the events of the day and planning for the future. This is the time where you have an honest conversation with yourself, debate about issues, fine tune your perception and sometimes make resolutions.
You sift and churn your thoughts and un-clutter your mind in the process. The “ME” time is important because it helps us to recalibrate our focus on the most important goals and reconnect with ourselves and our purpose in life. In this age of information overload, the “ME” time is required to maintain sanity.
Swami Vivekanand once said, ” Talk to yourself once in a day otherwise you may miss meeting an Excellent person in this world.”
Sometimes people fail to recognize the importance of this time spent with the self. Most of the great stuff, your Eureka moments happen during this time. This is the time when your sub-conscious presents the solutions to the problems it has been working in the background. Your personal growth happens during this time.
The famous motivational speaker Robin Sharma states that “The science behind the rewards of solitude are pretty phenomenal… making time to be alone actually shuts down the part of the brain responsible for self-criticism, firing up the part of your brain that contains your natural state of genius. “
He states that when you spend time with self – whether it is during your morning walk or in the quite room of your home your brain waves slow down from beta to alpha. When this happens–amid solitude–the part of your brain responsible for self-criticism, mental chatter and constant worry shuts down. With your monkey mind on a little vacation, you enter the Flow State. Elite athletes know this as “the zone” and it’s the place where all great performance begins. It is in this state that you get your best ideas. Your creativity makes explosive gains. You begin to see around corners.
And guess what – this is your natural state that God has given to everyone. Available to you daily. Most people don’t know they have it. And not many create the conditions to experience it. You too can experience it… by going into solitude. Consistently.