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What is Stillness?

Stillness is a state of mind where you are freed from the storms of the mind, freed from the daily disturbance and turbulance of life. A place of deep quiet where we connect with the higher power within us, were we find inner peace, tranquilty, gratitude, joy and bliss. Stillness is the act of becoming fully present in the moment where you can access you supernatural state.

Ryan Holiday in his book: Stillness Is the Key puts it this way:

“Stillness is what aims the archer’s arrow. It inspires new ideas. It sharpens perspective and illuminates connections. It slows the ball down so that we might hit it. It generates a vision, helps us resist the passions of the mob, make space for gratitude and wonder. Stillness allows us to persevere. To succeed. It is the key that unlocks the insights of genius, and allows us regular folks to understand them.”

  “Home is where you hear the love within the stillness.”

Source: Raquel Franco

A Moment of Stillness on a Rainy Night

 

Do I have other things to do? Oh yes, there are always other things to do…but; are any of them that important, life of death things?

think not.

Instead, I placed my feet firmly on the brown ceramic titles of my covered patio and looked out at the lights illuminating the water droplets splashing in dark puddles.

The lights comfort me and gentle the night.

The air is fresh with the scent of rain, darkness, and earthiness plus oddly, warmth.

I listen to the sound of the rain, the many varied sounds; the background hiss, the splashing from a downspout into a puddle, the drip, drip, drip from the gutters.

Mixed with the rain sounds, a bird called, a horn honks, dogs bark muted by distance, the hiss of car tires on wet pavement.

I listen to this symphony. Spellbound. Caught in the magic of the moment.

I know I cannot express accurately in words, only capture a fleeting glimpse of the miracle coming alive within me.

Yet, there for a minute, I thought it more important to clear away the dinner dishes and wash them so I could hurry onto the next thing.

I give thanks instead that I decided to do nothing. That I decided to do nothing except to witness a precious gift from our eternal present.

Being is the gift.

There is no doing more important than that moment of being.

 

Feel The Stillness Evaporate all Notions of Fame

Simple Ways to find Stillness

1 Make a habit of sitting quietly and observe nature. Set aside your schedule, your to-do list, turn off your cell phone, or leave it out of reach. Then relax and allow the sights, sounds, and scents to flow into you.

We’ve all experienced moments like these. They often spring up within us unexpectedly. Learn to cultivate these moments.

2 Practice gratitude. By developing your gratitude muscle you can train yourself to enter into the silence at will by thinking about all the amazing things you have to be grateful for in your life.

3 Slow down. Quite often we think that being busy with a hundred projects is the solution for what we might feel is missing in our lives. We try to stuff the “emptiness” with action and task. This just increases our stress levels and anxiety in our lives. Ditch the western idea of how we value ourselves. Purposely slow down. Eliminate things that are just busywork. In the end, you will achieve greater productivity and creativity.

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

Source: Lao Tzu

 “Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

Source: Eckhart Tolle

Conclusion

Again the rain.

As I write this last paragraph it is like I have come full circle. From writing about a moment of stillness as night settled around me, I finish with the sound of the rain. Within all those different sounds is the stillness.

Finding that joy-giving silence in your life is not difficult. But it does require the will to do it.

Try one of the three suggestions in this article. Go within to that sacred space. 

Where your joy will fill you up.

Do you recall a moment when you experienced that profound stillness within you?

How did it change you?

“Within yourself is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

Source: Hermann Hess

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