IN OUR MEDIA-RICH, OVER-STIMULATING SOCIETY, IT'S HARD NOT TO BE EXHAUSTED. THE PRACTICE OF STILLNESS CAN BRING MORE MEANING AND FOCUS TO YOUR WRITER'S LIFE.
MORE CLARITY AND MEANING THROUGH STILLNESSBy: Kel Amstutz
Friday, March 13, 2020
Stillness is the practice of simply being.
I have found that the practice of Stillness come from routine and rituals. To dig deeper, you must fight temptations... and strengthen your soul from such temptations. This is the key to being about to be better at whatever and anything you do.
- Set a Time Each Day. Schedule this time. I put my Stillness time on my calendar as an appointment to ensure that nothing else can invade that time slot. My time for Stillness is previous to me, it is a time that I schedule before I go to sleep at night, to quiet my soul and set my intentions, finding my clarity to ensure that I am able to keep the main thing... the main thing.
- Find a Place to Connect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit. To be truly still, you must be physically still, your mind must be quiet, and you must feel at ease with yourself and the world.
- Set a Time. At this point, some advocate setting aside 15 minutes a day. Early in my practice, I didn't have an extra 15 minutes, especially when my kids were younger. I started with just five minute stretches. That was enough to get me in my zone. Now a-days, I have some extra free time before I go to sleep, with my girls being a bit older and less needy and I can be still for 20 minutes. That is a good fit for me at this point in my life, but what is right for you will undoubtedly be different.
- Relax Your Body. As I noted above, I prefer to sit in my bedroom, closing my eyes, I have even incorporated crystals to help myself have a physical connect to Earth. You might prefer to sit in nature, or in a soft, comfortable chair with your eyes closed. To each their own. The most important thing is to be in a place where you can truly relax.
- Quiet Your Mind. This will likely be the biggest of your challenges. It was for me. It is very common for me to achieve a moment of mental Stillness and then I have some random thought (or several...) and get off track. Don't worry about it when this happens. Just recognize it and then return to your Stillness. The more that you practice... the longer you will be able to hold your mind in a place of Stillness.
- Be Present. I don't mean just physically present. When I say, "Be Present," I mean be aware, mindful, in the moment. Don't think about the past regrets you might have. Don't think about your hopes and dreams in the future. Instead, collect your thoughts and be present - in the current moment. It is the most important time that you have. In fact, it is the only time you have.
- Learn to Focus You Mind and Feel the Moments (to Return). This might be the most helpful component of being still. What I am talking about here is learning to recall a "place or time of peace." To recall a mental picture of experience where you achieved a particularly vivid experience of peace and stillness.