I have a hard time resting. I have a hard time sitting still.

I have monkey mind.

When I get a quiet moment, my mind jumps from past mistakes to future headaches.

I have a hard time being present.

“But sometimes, the harder choice, the greater exercise in restraint, is to rest. It’s to manage the load instead of throw it on your shoulders (or knees) without thinking.” – Ryan Holiday, Discipline Is Destiny, p. 76-77

Distractions are everywhere. Email, text messages, phone calls, and social media posts. All vying for our attention.

In a world with so many distractions, how do we find a quiet moment to rest?

First put your phone down, that text, email, Tweet can wait.

The Stoics didn’t believe that you should do nothing.

The Stoics felt that your leisure time should be filled by reading and learning.

I enjoy filling my mind with new ideas. It excites me. It gets my mind off of the troubles in this world.

It also reminds you that what is going on today is no different than what has gone on for centuries.

We all need to take a minute to just let our minds and bodies rest. The world will still be out there after you do.