Photo Credit: Jim Palmeri, Currituck Sound, North Carolina
When you think of stillness, what comes to mind? Quiet? Darkness? Or do you identify with the official definition of “the absence of movement or sound”?
All of these are correct. But stillness is so much more.
Stillness helps us do the following:
- Think more clearly
- See the whole picture
- Make tough decisions
- Manage our emotions
- Identify the right goals
- Handle high-pressure situations
- Maintain relationships
- Build Good Habits
- Be productive
- Achieve physical excellence
- Feel fulfilled
- Capture moments of laughter and joy
We are all amazed by a spectacular sunrise or sunset; a majestic mountain range; a vast ocean; stunning architecture; fields of green or flowers – just the realization that there is so much more to this universe than we see on a daily basis.
In a time when technology has crept into every facet of our lives – I find that I crave the simple things. Pen to paper. A phone call vs. a text. A handwritten note rather than an email. A movie in a theater with the energy of others around me.
I crave the small, intimate yoga class with only a small group of people. The 1:1 interaction with my coach when training. A rainy day sitting on the screen porch with some hot tea and a good book. Or a beautiful fall day with the cool breeze and a wood-burning fire.
I am working on my stillness and trying to make MORE time for it each day. To be present – fully and unconditionally present – to those around me and my tasks at hand.
To be in the NOW – no matter how uncomfortable, difficult or boring.
Because guess what? The best part about the present is that it keeps showing up to give us a second chance. (One of the best lines in Ryan Holiday’s Stillness is the Key – go buy it!)