I’m often asked, “How did you learn to think?” Here’s a bit about me… Growing up, my parents restricted TV to Walt Disney, once a week. To entertain myself, I read. Anything…like Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. I listened to radio. I loved broadcasts of Mystery Theater. It’s funny— because it sounds like I grew up in the 40s…but this was during the ‘60s-70s. My father said little, but had lots of facial expressions, so I began trying to “read” the family mood. I began babysitting by age 10 and did so until 17—which taught me how family dynamics varied greatly yet held many similarities. Saving money, I purchased a cheap plastic stereo & good headphones. After homework, I’d read and then put on my headphones and would rock in a chair (literally & figuratively) into a meditative state, drifting until about 2am, when I’d go up to bed; waking at 6am for school.

My routines are largely the same today. For the past 30 years, I’ve read more books than I can count covering philosophy; psychology; science & neuroscience; health & nutritional science as well as religion. 

Daily, I wake an hour before anyone else in my house to quietly focus, usually on one idea. While it seems simple, it’s sometimes ridiculously hard. I recommend everyone try it. Start with 5 minutes. Really contemplate a word or something you find interesting. The subject of your focus isn’t important—but I usually try to focus on something I think I want to do next or write about. Actually SEEING anything is unimportant —it’s more visualization of something: Mentally describe it in full detail; how you see it expanding; senses you feel; what it symbolizes. From this simple beginning, work up to contemplating a problem. IF you like to draw— or think you like to draw— do this exercise with a pencil and paper. Randomly sketch words, lines, images of whatever you’re thinking.

The goal of this is to practice concentration. Once you master it, the benefits are immense. For me the benefit is that I can read faster with better recall; my thinking is sharper; my writing is improved…and, I know that no matter what the day brings— I enjoyed private time. 

This is Silver Disobedience® philosophy. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience ✨ A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my websites.