Observation, like meditation, takes practice. It’s easy to be caught up in the chaotic routine of our own lives, enmeshed in emotions, ego and struggling with the ‘shoulds’ that we place in front of ourselves. To sit quietly and reflect can be a tiresome task to some whose brains are routinely busy. But all the same, it is a good practice to help in healing body, mind, heart and soul. We are bombarded daily with reminders to exercise, to eat right and to get enough sleep. But in our busy lives, we somehow forgo the benefits of quiet time and refuse to settle our minds to simply ‘be’ in the stillness for a few moments. We feel that we don’t have enough time. We delay the stillness for other tasks which we deem to be more important.
How do you define stillness?
For me, stillness is sanctuary. It’s a few moments when I can simply be with myself, notice how I feel, and check with my body for any nervous energy which may signify something is off in my heart, mind, soul, or being. Stillness is about appreciating the moment, keeping in mind how grateful I am for this day, for the connections I’ve made and for The Presents of Presence which I enjoy. Stillness is observance of my attitude, my actions/inactions, my day, my dealings with others and my connections with myself and others during the day. It is without judgment. It is in truth for good or bad. It is with acceptance for mistakes made and praise for what is.
There are 24 hours in a day, which for some is not enough for all the ‘shoulds’ that they have listed in their heads that need to be accomplished. I understand work, children, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and taking care of everyone is important. But what about you? Taking care of you in the smallest ways is important as well.
Just as we squeeze in exercise, eating right and trying to sleep long enough, we need to squeeze in a few moments of peace in our busy worlds. It may surprise you the amount of benefits we reap when we sow gratitude, stillness and connection to ourselves.
Do you take a few moments a day to connect with yourself? How do you fit stillness into your day?