When was the last time you enjoyed some quiet stillness – doing absolutely NOTHING?
I can remember as a child trying to sit perfectly still in church. It was SO hard. While the service droned on (Sorry, pastor, I was just a kid!), I imagined how fun it would be to run free around the pews. I didn’t have a clue how to savor the stillness.
As a busy mother of 3, I was convinced I had to multi-task 24/7 to get everything done. I had to be productive and efficient. In my mind, doing nothing meant being lazy. I was still clueless on the value of just being still.
Now that all my kids are grown, life’s hard knocks have made me a little wiser. I can appreciate how random moments of stillness have the power to energize me like a breath of fresh air.
Sprinkling regular periods of quiet stillness into your life is imperative for the optimum health of your body, mind and soul. Here are just a few of the many benefits:
- Opens up your natural creativity.
- Helps you remember all the positives in your life.
- Improves your problem solving abilities.
- Reduces stress and negativity.
- Enables you to gain fresh perspectives.
- Helps you connect with your authentic, inner self.
- Expands the love in your life.
The gift of stillness that you give to yourself will just plain help you feel better . . . and be better.
Still not convinced? Here are some telltale signs and symptoms that your true self, your heart and soul, might be craving some quiet stillness right now:
- Tension. You have unexplained aches, pains or general uptight feelings throbbing in your neck, head, or anywhere else. Your body is telling you that it’s working overtime to combat stress.
- Worry. You can’t quit thinking and ruminating on a problem or situation. What if and if only thoughts keep circling through your mind, over and over and over.
- Agitation. You feel an underlying irritability and anger. You’re on the verge of flying off the handle or exploding at anyone or anything that pushes your hot buttons.
- Fear. You have this vague sense of impending doom. Nervous and anxious, you have this uneasy feeling that something awful is going to happen.
- Apathy. Nothing gets you jazzed up anymore. You’ve lost your spark and passion, your zest for life. You’re bored and stuck in a rut. You just don’t care.
So how can you start to incorporate some quiet stillness into your life? Just like any lifestyle change, take tiny steps at first. Try easing into a regular practice with these tips:
- Keep it simple. Don’t pressure yourself that you have to be still any “certain” way.
- Sit in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed for just a couple of minutes. Savor the pure joy of fully being in the moment.
- Even sitting at your desk, you can take a quick break and close your eyes for a bit. Take several slow, deep breaths.
- To quiet your mind, mentally repeat calming words such as: serenity, tranquility, soothing, peaceful, silence, solitude.
- Fully relax your body. Just let go.
- Commit to daily practice sessions of short stillness breaks.
- Be patient with yourself and the process.
Let inaction become your most powerful action. Discover the peace and tranquility found in a regular practice of quiet stillness. It can transform your day . . . and your life.
How do you incorporate stillness breaks into your life?