Posted by Trevor on 13 June 2013 | 6 Comments

At this week’s Intelligent Optimist seminar we spent time discussing the purpose and benefit of Taking Quiet Time. When I wrote Three Simple Steps I set out to demystify the practice of meditation. It is not some esoteric feel-good ideology, but a practice that creates new neurons and rewires the brain beneficially. Most self-made people I know practice some form of meditation. Here is just some of the supporting science:


















The main things to remember:


  • 99% of the benefit of TQT is simply in doing it… anytime, anywhere.
  • The purpose is not to slow down, but to allow your brain to transcend
  • In 20 minutes your 100 billion neurons send out 600,000 trillion signals into the Higgs Bosun field that connects everything and everyone in the universe.


The simple tips that can make the experience even better:


1)    Alone.

Taking quiet time must be a technique you practice alone because all thoughts are little packages of energy with a pattern unique to you. In a room full of people thought-energies crash into each other. Think of TQT as a private conversation between you and the Higgs Bosun field (also known as the God particle if that helps).

2)    Early in the day.

It makes it easier for this to become a habit if you consistently pick the same time every day. To make that easier it helps to do this early in the day before your world gets filled with distracting noises. We tend to gravitate toward things that make most noises or disruption. When fax machines were all the rage I recall seeing people fly horizontally across a room whenever the fax bell chimed. Nowadays people find the vibrational announcement of a text almost too hard to resist. Because TQT is so simple we can be fooled into putting it off while we deal with the noisier, more complicated interruption. Those interruptions tend to be less early in the morning.

3)    Keep it simple

A chair by a window is about as perfect as it gets.

4)    Don’t fret about the chatter.

People write about getting frustrated that their minds never stop chattering during TQT. It does not matter. Just as the silence between the notes makes music, so the nanoseconds of stillness that you don’t notice in TQT make the magic. Just smile and let your brain do whatever it wants.  I imagine the words floating out the window and leaving me alone.

5)     Grounding.

Place your feet on the floor and quickly imagine you grow roots through your soles, down through the floor, and into the ground where you connect with the roots of the trees. Why? TQT has many benefits beyond connecting you to the source of all great ideas, and staying “grounded” keeps you in this dimension.

6)    Relaxation

Start by imagining the hairs on your head all sighing and flopping down in relaxed mode. Then take your focus through your body, telling your eyes, nose, shoulders etc to relax and so on. You can feel yourself sinking into the chair. This can be done in just a few seconds or longer if you prefer. The process of focusing on relaxing is as effective as following your breath

7)    Follow the breath

When you feel relaxed, it is time to distract your left-brain. The goal is to think of nothing. This is unnatural. Focus on your normal breathing. In and out. Simple

8)    Stretch and connect to something positive

After 20 minutes or so I like to stretch and then before I rejoin the world I will mentally run through my list of Intentions as if I am now commanding the world to get to work on my behalf. All religions include the sage-like advice “Ask and ye shall receive.”




  1. Gina Citoli says:

    This is great! Thank you so much!! Gina

  2. Janet K says:

    Absolutely the best why and how to meditate I’ve heard. Thanks for that!

  3. Asheaven says:

    It’s been 3 months since I started taking quiet time with this approach. My days are filled with new insights and a broader sense of confidence. I appreciate the fact that it’s better to do it alone. I implement my mentality shield during this time which is my favorite step right now. I’m so pleased your book found me!

  4. Marie-Josée says:

    Oh wow, I really like this simple way of doing quiet time. It is really making a difference in my perception of the vast possibilities available in the “Everywhen” (Martha Beck wayfinder way of TQT) or God particle (nice image). Thank you.

  5. Rich Aanrich says:

    The timing of the Intelligent Optimist was perfect. My intuition had been reminding me for weeks that I needed to be even more descerning on cutting out the news and have more quite time. I had already disconnected from TV now I’m cutting out most of the online news. The 2nd step was my other insight and since I read that article and bought your ebook I have made 20 min each morning a habit.
    Thanks for the great nudge!

  6. Sara Dougherty says:

    Love the supporting research and perspective on quiet time. I’ve been able to do this for nearly 2 months consistently without resistance and it is a first. Thanks Trevor.

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