What is Stillness?
Stillness is any state of Mind that is quiet or “still”.
In regards to Personal Growth, when thoughts are minimized it allows a sense of greater calm and peace.
How is Stillness Useful?
Stillness is calming. It can bring clarity.
Stillness allows insight to rise to the surface and be noticed in what otherwise can be a a noisy echo chamber of mental chatter.
Our “Monkey Mind” chatter-like thoughts can never be truly be silenced, but minimizing them is possible with proper technique and conditions.
Stillness is often associated with Meditation, but it can be encountered in many ways other than that.
How Do You Define Stillness?
Being still can happen in lots of ways besides mediation.
- Mindfulness (however you define it)
- A creative Flow State (For example, I often find stillness in freeform drawing.)
- Experiencing the quiet Outdoors (like watching the stars on a clear night.)
- Being fully Present to sensations such as sight, sound, or to how your body feels.
- By experiencing the Present Moment and not looking forwards or backwards in time.
How Are You Making Time For Stillness?
- Write a list of how you find Stillness in your life.
- Write down the benefits this brings to you.
- Ask yourself if you would like more Stillness?
- Be open to more awareness of the tiny things that bring you Stillness. They matter.
I Was Surprised When I Made My Stillness List
I find it in more ways that I first thought.
For example, in our kitchen we have a super slow water filter. The simple, regular act of filling my water bottle allows me to take a few deep breaths, and calm my thoughts for 15 seconds.
Thanks to this slow, water habit of mine, I’m adding a tiny bit of Peace to my life, 3 or 4 times a day.
I love it.
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