How to Get Some Peace & Quiet

Written by Jim M. Allen

In this hectic, modern world of ours there is often a great need for us to slow down, calm ourselves, and find some peace and quiet. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Plan daily "quiet time"

The best way to quiet down is to plan 30-minutes (or more) of daily quiet time. Time you can spend quietly, with yourself and your thoughts.

2. Create a noise-free zone

Designate one room of your house as a noise-free zone where family members can go relax.

3. Turn offrepparttar television/radio

Do you leave your t.v. or radio on as "background noise?" If so, try turning them off.

4. Turn off your telephone, especially at night

Nothing is more disturbing thanrepparttar 131326 shrill ring of a telephone when you are trying to relax. Turn off your phone's ringer. Letrepparttar 131327 answering machine or voicemail system get a message.

5. Turn off your cel phone

In fact, leave it at home. After a while you may find that you don't even need it.

6. Turn off your beeper

Taking a Step Back

Written by Jim M. Allen

Have you ever been to an art museum or exhibition?

I'm blessed to live quite close to some ofrepparttar best museums inrepparttar 131324 world. At least a couple of times a year, my wife and I will visit our favorite museums to see new exhibits and cherished pieces of art. There is a certain joy in great art, I've found, and I almost always walk throughrepparttar 131325 museums with a silly grin plastered on my face as I try to take it all in. While I am by no means an art historian, one thing I've come to learn is that artwork demands various levels of inspection. You must look at it from many angles, in various lights, in different frames of mind.

There's something to be gained from examining a noted masterpiece up close, so you can seerepparttar 131326 brush-strokes orrepparttar 131327 smooth finger-dimples set inrepparttar 131328 clay. But you mustn't stand too close for too long or you lose sight ofrepparttar 131329 whole piece,repparttar 131330 "big picture."

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