All our work is done on the inner plane. It happens whenever we think and imagine and choose and formulate plans and ideas. But to do all that we have to develop the skill of stillness. We need to question our mind and emotions in order to examine, feel, absorb and finally choose.
Awareness and insight require stillness. Inner stillness follows outer stillness.
Quiet your Body
Pause throughout your day, and notice. Notice how you feel. Notice what you have drawn into your experience. Is this the life experience what you want? What needs to change?
Quiet your Mind
Take a slow deliberate breath in, hold it a few seconds, then allow that breath to emerge through your nostrils or slightly separated lips. Pause with empty lungs and notice the serenity that begins to form. Repeat. With each slow, conscious, deliberate, mindful breath, notice how calm and serene you become.
Repeat this often throughout your day.
Cultivate a quiet mind
Stillness means quietening our mind. First, you have to notice how rampant the mind is, then you have to choose to quiet it. Turn to the window and look at nature. Absorb the gentle unfolding, the deep patience, the simple waiting for the perfect time. That aware and mindful, focused pause will eliminate your mental chatter.
Let nature be your guide
We are nature and a major lesson of nature is that everything unfolds in cycles. We are always at a beginning, middle or end. Pausing to look out the window puts you in tune with how the day is unfolding with the grace and serenity that is nature.
Place yourself in tune with the harmony that nature shares with us.
Stillness is simply being. Not doing is being
Simply “being” takes some practice. We are very busy in our body suit lives. As I pause to look out the window at nature, the changes I see are subtle. The unfolding is minuscule. But there’s a pulsation that stills and settles my humanness. The experience of serenity can be found in nature.
Stillness is about being present
When we are still, we don’t daydream or visualize or even meditate. We simply sit still and feel and embrace and absorb and become present in that stillness. Let yourself be drawn into the minuscule, the detail. Feel yourself as a part of something larger.
Simply be with the object you’re contemplating. As you sit in mindful stillness, let the energy of the object touch you, speak to you, offer you insights. You will hear and understand. Feel yourself become a part of what you’re embracing as you cultivate the art of stillness.
Stillness allows you to experience your soul
Only in stillness, only with focused mindfulness, can you become aware of your soul, the core of you, the essence of you, the reason for you, the message of you, the purpose of you. Those answers are in the stillness, the knowing, the acceptance of the call from deep inside you.
To know Soul You, to hear your inner voice, to figure out what you want/need to do next, you must cultivate inner stillness.
In that stillness will arise the guidance you seek for the focus of your attention and actions.
As you learn to maintain that inner stillness throughout your day you will become aware of a powerful innate inner knowing that guides you in selecting from the choices and opportunities that appear.
Do you heed the voice within?
My inner voice speaks in both subtle nudges and loud shouts. I have learned to listen and heed them both.
Sometimes my inner voice is simply a knowing. Like an instant decision that you know is exactly right. Are you aware of those unexpected ideas that pop in, and do you examine them? They’re there to guide you. To open new doors.
Do you notice the unexpected opportunities?
We have to be prepared for surprises, the unexpected ideas or opportunities that nudge us in a new direction. New opportunities can be subtle or they can stand in front of you and shout.
Not everything that shows up is for you to act upon. The better you know yourself, the more accurate will be your choices. Simply notice. In your stillness, notice the opportunities that present themselves for our examination. Let your inner voice guide your choices.
Do you know your purpose?
This path of inner stillness allows you time to explore and examine and cultivate your illumined purpose. Notice the doors that open. Check out what they offer. See if it is aligned with what you need and want to do next. Then choose – or not.
When you’re still and give yourself time to become aware and allow your inner self to offer nudges and messages and guiding insights to your life, you’ll organically move more readily into an understanding of your inner world. What it is saying. What you want to unfold next in your life. You will experience your oneness with the greater whole and respond with the knowledge of that support that is within you as you express your soul’s purpose.
Listen. Look. Interpret.
Deeper Song Affirmation
I cultivate stillness.
Deeper Song Process
- Notice how busy you are. How you are pulled to do several things at once.
- Stop where you are and take a slow, deep breath, hold it a moment and slowly release it. Then pause to notice the emptiness that is left.
- Sprinkle this simple breathing practice throughout your day, noticing how often you do it and what the circumstances are that remind you to do it.
- Shift something. Make new choices. Release what you truly don’t need or want in your life.
- Breathe again and see how you feel. Then turn and look out the window and immerse yourself in nature.
- Repeat until you find stillness.
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