03/23/2013 10:09 am ET Updated May 23, 2013

Day 23: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 23 of 31 Days

"The fascination of any search after truth lies not in the attainment but in the pursuit, where all the powers of the mind and character are brought into play and are absorbed by the task. One feels oneself in contact with something that is infinite." -- Florence Bascom (geologist, 1862-1945)

Do you remember the last time you immersed yourself in something so completely that you forgot to eat, so absorbing was your project that hours flew by in moments and when the time came you still didn't want to stop? For many of us, this was probably when we were children, and we have only a very vague recollection of the experience.

If this is the case, I highly recommend immersing yourself in something this weekend, whether it's a complex cake recipe, a papier-mâché project or planting a flowerbed. The point is it needs to be challenging enough to absorb your brainpower (thus temporarily halting the merry-go-round of your mind) but not too challenging that it creates any kind of stress. I find total absorption in something much easier than meditation, with the added bonus that you have something to show for it at the end. And the few hours you spent free from thought will stand you in very good stead with whatever you need to do next.

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