The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still.” -Author Unknown
Being still is quieting your mind and simply being in the present moment. I like to call stillness the sweet surrender because we must be willing to give up our mind chatter to bring our awareness back to the present moment. This process is ideal to let go our conditioned behaviors and to listen to our soul.
The following quote of Hermann Hesse reminds us that stillness is a truth that we should experience from the inside out: “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time.” Here are some simple ways to allow stillness in your life:
- “Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less. Feel more.” -Osho
- Create a special place where you can meditate and for at least 10 minutes daily do nothing, just be present.
- Listen more than you speak.
- Observe nature silently.
- Empty your mind through writing and journaling.
- Don’t dwell on the same thoughts.
- Make space for inspiration and creativity in your life.
- Take a long walk in silence.
- Recline in a rocking chair or swing side to side gently in a hammock and enjoy the moment.
- Practice being a witness of your life.
- Quiet your mind regularly during your day.
- Stop yourself every time you find you’re judging others or situations.
- Recall a moment in your life where you had experience stillness and bask in that memory.
- Breath can take your mind off the racing thoughts. Breath consciously.
- Be willing to let go. Do not resist, flow like water.
I invite you to embark on your inward journey through a daily practice of stillness. Rumi put it best when he said: “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”
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