We will be exploring the concept of Stillness a lot over the course of time, and particularly over the next several months. But I wanted to introduce the concept, as I've just returned from a week devoted to Stillness.
Let's start by looking at what Webster has to say about Stillness:
1. silence; quiet; hush.
2. the absence of motion.
Stillness is not neccessarily meditating, or doing breathing exercises, or laying down with your eyes closed and no noise and closed off from the outside world. No- Stillness is so much deeper. Stillness is finding the ability to just BE in any situation. Stillness, in my mind, is finding a point where you are at balance, no matter what the circumstances are at the time. Stillness can occur anywhere, anytime, once you have cultivated balance and stillpoints in your life. Stillness is a practice, and as with any practice, we need to start at the very beginning.
As I said, we will be exploring the concept A LOT, so today is a quick intro, and a quick exercise for you to begin looking at Stillness, what it means to you, and how you can begin to cultivate it in your daily life.
So your Empowerment this week is to dive into the following questions:
1. What time in my daily life can I carve out 5 minutes for beginning the Cultivation of Stillness? Morning? Afternoon? Evening? Right before bed?
2. Where in my home (or office, or studio, or car) can I sit and be still for 5 minutes a day?
3. What other obstacles do I need to clear to allow myself the space for 5 minutes a day of Stillness? Do I need to ask my partner for the time alone? Do I want them to join me? Do I need to turn off my phone and computer, or maybe even leave them in the other room? What do I know will be distractions, and how can I take care of that?
4. What do I need to do to COMMIT to Cultivate Stillness? Make a pledge? Sign up for a class? Buy a special cushion or pillow to sit on? Write it on my mirror? Put it on my calendar? Book weekly CranioSacral Therapy sessions? What steps do I need to take to make sure I carve out this time for ME?
Here's the thing. Cultivating Stillness is not easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. But everyone can do it, can live it, can make it a part of their daily life. It just takes practice, and it takes committment. And speaking from experience, the rewards are so worth the journey.
Because really, the practice of Stillness is all about YOU. And not in a selfish, egotistical way. It's a committment to hanging out with yourself, getting to know yourself in an intimate way, and being comfortable with who you are and how you live in this world in every moment of every day. Then, it becomes possible to LIVE in the Stillness.... But we'll save that for another day <3
Here's to hanging out with yourself and learning to love Stillness.