An excerpt from the book Reframe the Day by Adam M. Lowenstein.
Episode 1600: An Excerpt from the book Reframe the Day: Embracing the Craft of Life, One Day at a Time by Adam M. Lowenstein
Adam M. Lowenstein is the author of Reframe the Day. He spent eight years working in American government and politics, most recently as a speechwriter and strategic communications advisor in the United States Senate. Today, Adam lives in London with his partner, Erin, and writes frequently about politics, work, and life. Visit his website, see his latest work, and subscribe to his newsletter, “Reframe Your Inbox,” at www.adaml.blog.
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For many of us amidst the chaos in craziness of our days, there's something missing something we need
but rarely make time for is something
that modern life has stolen from us in tiny, subtle, increments to the point worth almost entirely non existent in our lives
We haven't really noticed that it's gone, we simply grown used to living without it. What is it? There is no stillness, no space, no time to pause,
no opportunity to think no moment. One we're not planning counting down or accounting up to something.
No moment were not worry about what comes next and what comes after that, and will I ever have
I am to do all of it as we rush frantically from one
the into the next, was the easiest, and thus the first
item on the calendar that we sacrifice blank space, empty space, uncommitted, space time or we could go for a walk, think Journal, talk to a friend, be bored and possibly inspired.
Or open up a blank document start typing. Whatever comes to mind time, we need to pay
SS, what's going on in our lives, stillness is about providing the space and security for our brains to operate at their best.
It's about calming those background anxieties, men enabling what we care most about to find a home and our consciousness. Should I checked this shit
I'll. I be doing that. Should I go to that event along with his take more, they think. If I don't do that, stillness is about turn
off these mental, false alarms, long enough to focus our attention on what's in front of us, whether that's a person we care about or a project were working on the lives we lead rarely accommodate these moments.
Even when an opportunity for such a moment presents itself its quickly sacrificed when new obligations crop up in her book, radical acceptance, the clinical psychologist and
The teacher TAT branch observes quote often them
when we most need to pause is exactly when it feels most intolerable. To do so and quote
When we most need a moment, stillness is one feels most impractical to make time for one. When we most need to focus on what matters,
here's. What we're overwhelmed by things that dollars when we most need to track down the pause, bun and reboot our perspectives and price
parties, you don't we don't even realize we ve gone off course. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from,
Former. U S, secretary of State, George Schulz, who practise what New York Times Calmness David Leonard, described as a Schulz, our as secretary of state,
Ronald Reagan, Leonard Rights Schulz quote light to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection, and quote Schulz tells Lionheart that
quote his. Our solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job. Otherwise, he would
cause only pulled into moment to moment tactical issues, never able to focus on larger questions of the national interests and quote, while most of us aren't America's high ranking diplomat
Nearly all of us allow ourselves to be constantly pulled into moment to moment tactical issues responding to whatever flashes on our screens and leaving our time attention and focus to the moon.
C of our surroundings. Another approach to making time for stillness is what my dad calls Tuesdays to write. He long recognise the difficulties he and his medical school colleagues faced while trying to balance commitments to teaching
supporting their families, practicing medicine, writing and publishing inspired by the UN.
Interrupted and often unconnected simplicity of working in a hotel room or on an airplane. He urges faculty members to quote protect a few extra hours each week.
Hours I can be used for writing, study self renewal.
Quiet pursuit of knowledge. End quote, he said
Just scheduling quote blocks a time for writing. Then protect this time.
Now unavailable for walkin visits phone call
or road meetings and club a third way too,
our about deliberate thinking, time in the middle of a busy day, is to pursue a cow Newport calls productive, meditation for productive meditation. Newport suggests in his book deep work quote
a period in which your occupied physically, but not mentally, and focus your attention.
On a single, well defined professional problem and quote by way of example.
Well, he suggests a walk in the middle of the day, not a walk. Were you check your phone constantly org?
a friend or listen to a podcast, but a walk were utensils. Think about a specific challenge
incautiously bring your mind back to that problem when you get distracted. Productive meditation, of course, is really just another way where proactive,
reading mental space. Whatever approach we take, we can't wait for stillness
magically present itself because meet wont work,
It's a Schulz, our or Tuesday, to write or a productive meditation. We have to create these moments. We have to protect them. We have to pause from
the time to appreciate finding them where we can stillness
so require weekend or vacation or special occasion. No matters
schedule with proactive and intentional effort. There are plenty of ways to find a brief dose of it in the middle of every hectic day. Sometimes it's as simple as sitting down for a few minutes with a pen and a plane,
oh pad, or switching the phone airplane mode and opening new
argument in a notes up to brain dump the little things that have been bouncing around in your head. How do my fine moments of stillness
I find them by including items like make time to think and take a walk on my to do list.
So I am reminded every day that life is more than a series of burdensome obligations. I find it by trying to write and meditate first thing every morning,
I find it by uninstall any absent. Deleting social media accounts some better able to resist the compulsion to spend time all mine. I find it my
in that stillness and stimulus rarely coexist, so disabled disable technology traps that steal my attention, like smarter
notifications and email alerts, I find it by consuming
or the content I find fulfilling and less of the political news,
distresses me out. I find it by taking concrete steps to reject my addiction, a business like review,
in the Czech work email on weekends. I find it by catching myself before I say
Yes to something based solely on farmer, the fear of missing out
I find it when I realize I'm needlessly. Judging people around me or noodles,
the chosen myself and make a conscious choice, a practice forgiveness. Instead, I dont do it
all these things all the time when I do me,
should do them. I don't do them perfectly, but the goal isn't a life of perpetual stillness, which is surely impossible anyway, the goal
is to find a little stillness each day. A little
more today than yesterday, we can in a little more to morrow, then today, even the simple act of thinking about these tools: integrity,
can help us to refrain how we go about our days so that stillness
its higher on our list of priorities than it used to
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