In our lives filled with cellphones, television, music, chatter, social media, and appointments, all the demands to adhere to, we seldom make time for stillness.
It is in this preserved space called stillness, that we are able to re-connect with our inner spirit and reclaim our peace, finding relief, and re-charges to effectively deal with life’s issues.
Most of the time our minds are cluttered with so many thoughts, it can metaphorically be compared with visiting a shopping mall. All the sounds, movement, searching for some item to fill some gap in our lives, and seeking something which we think we need to enhance our life! Yet, in this running around, with the specific rumbling sound associated with a mall, it is difficult to be focused. There is just too much sensory input. And at the end of the day, you’re so exhausted from your shopping trip, without the fulfilment you initially sought. It seems to be the same within our minds. Sometimes I think malls are the perfect spot to escape from oneself. It is a place where you cannot have a meaningful conversation with yourself or another person.
What Robs us from Stillness?
A constant flood of cluttered thoughts causing stress, anxiety, anger, envy, fatigue, guilt, hopelessness, regret, shame, and so the list go on. If that’s not enough we sought to be physically so busy, that we just don’t have time for stillness.
So where and how do we find stillness? How do we balance this flood of thoughts, the busyness with needed stillness? Stillness is where we find peace, relief and a chance to re-focus. To make sense of what it is going for us, to find answers, calmness and clarity. Braking through noise requires effort and practise.
Admit, stillness is often sought, and it may be difficult to create in our busy schedules, but we have to take a conscious decision to create room for it. It is a conscious decision to take time out, still our surroundings and mind’s clutter. It may be early morning, time during the day or at night, when everything came to rest. It is nevertheless absolute essential to create this time for you.
Practice being quiet and still, until you can be still at any given time, you require stillness. Find a quiet place, where you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes for moment, to shut out all visual stimulation. Let your thoughts flow, until it silenced. Focus on your breathing, to quiet your minds chatter. Just be in the moment. When your mind is restless, your body will be too. With your mind still, stay there for a while, and look beyond what you usually see with your eyes. Listen to your inner voice on questions you need answers to. Visualize your desires and fuel it with emotions of joy, excitement and happiness. Stay a while longer in your stillness if you can. Just be. Just enjoy being still.
On opening your eyes:
- Re-call your answers, feelings, and with which part of you did you connect?
- How do you feel, just doing nothing in particular?
- What did you learn from this experience?
- Do you feel guilty for granted yourself time-out?
- If so, what is your belief about how deserving you are of having what you want or need?
- On which other areas in your life, are you depriving yourself?
- On what other issues do you need answers?
Till next time