We all lead busy lives these days and everywhere we go there are distractions. Most of these distractions are from electronic devices – phones, tables, laptops, tvs, and radios. All a constant in the background.
You can go to a restaurant and see whole families sitting together, but distracted by their phones. No interaction with each other. No conversation. Nothing. Everyone distracted but sitting in silence. Even the act of going out to eat taking away any interaction soundness preparing food.
As someone who leads a very busy life my head gets full of noise and distractions. Between work and voluntary commitments i rarely get a chance to get away from the technology. To an extent I accept this way of living. I do have an email free day once a week, but being connected via social media and text still leaves little time for me to switch off.
So I find myself on a girls weekend to Champneys. A chance to relax and unwind in great company and enjoy a little pampering at the same time.
I get to my room. It is comfortable it’s a lovely view out onto the grounds. All I can hear is the sound of running water from the river outside. I stand and stare at the TV on the wall, slightly surprised to see it, but not really knowing why. Perhaps I assumed that TV and WiFi old be frowned upon. It turns out that you are allowed these in your room, however phones are frowned upon in communal areas.
I made a decision at that point not to automatically put the tv on when I was in my room. I wanted peace and quiet and I wouldn’t get it with distractions. I resolved to spend some time in my room each day sitting and reading. Just me, the sounds of the river and people using the grounds.
It was bliss. Not being connected or subjected to noise of some kind. My mind stopped whining. The tension began to subside. Even whilst enjoying the spa and great company, I found myself secretly looking forward to my escape to my quiet place.
Although the break was for only a few days I came back refreshed. A combination of enforced relaxation and the warm surroundings of the spa were exactly what I needed in a cold, dull January.
It struck me that I need to build in some quiet time in my daily life. Time to sit and read, write in my journal, or just listen to the sounds. This is something I will endeavour to do to help keep my mind quiet and able to concentrate better.