The Zone

Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Do you know that feeling when you have something on your mind 24/7? It consumes every thought, even your dreams. You go to sleep thinking about it, you dream about it, you wake up with it right there in front of you mind’s eye. Don’t you also wish that sometimes you could have the ability to just stop thinking for an hour or two?

We all have different places to find mental solitude. I have tried meditation, but it only works when I already am in a good place. Reading becomes frustrating as I have to keep reading and re-reading, sometimes chapters! Walking gets my heart rate up, but I often end up getting lost in the surroundings as opposed to actually figuring out the problem.

For me mental solitude lies in Sudoku. Numbers have always just made sense to me. When I sit there with 81 little blocks staring at me, I find peace. I guess it’s the order that goes with arranging 9 little numbers to perfectly fit in rows and columns and squares that helps me to put my thoughts into order too. After an hour or two of Sudoku puzzles, I am able to think clearly and come up with a workable solution or two. During my divorce I went through roughly 100 puzzles a day and I definitely think that Sudoku was my saving grace!

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Where do you find your zone?