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Find Out More About the Magic of Being Still

 

Sometimes we assume motion means progress. If we are moving, everything must be OK. Right? I tend to do that when I am lagging on a deadline. I inhale my coffee and pick up speed.

But author, Pico Iyer, sees it another way. When we start moving, he says we need to know where we are going. Iyer believes we will pick the best direction if we give ourselves a few quiet minutes to focus our thoughts.

If you have a demanding schedule, you may not think you have time to just stop, but Iyer suggests starting small with five or ten minutes of just sitting quietly, will be well worth the time invested.

The Magic of Being Quiet

Pick a good spot, out on your patio where you get the best breeze, or around the corner in your favorite park.
Then just sit quietly and slowly breathe in and out. As thoughts come swirling up let them swim right through. Just watch them as they go by. Or close your eyes and picture a favorite spot at the beach or on the water and remember being there.

I have done this using mindful meditation, which invites you to think about everything without judging any of it. I do this when I find I have too many challenges that demand answers and none of them make me happy.

I find my seat on the patio and focus on my favorite plants. Then I let all of the day’s events come running through. Some of them are loud and irritating. Others are quick and cool. Some of them are really OK, others not so much. But I let them all go running by, just noting them as they pass.

After a few minutes, I pause and look around. I may not have all of the answers that I need, but I definitely feel better for having stopped.

When your day just keeps buzzing and tomorrow promises to be much the same, consider taking a moment to be still. After you do, you may find you really are eager to get back into the game. By tapping into your stillness, you may have found a deeper connection to the world, and to your dreams.

A favorite author of mine, Dr. David Kundtz, describes this process as, “How to be still, when you have to keep going.”

I think most of us understand that feeling completely. As we look around our world, we may feel tired or pressured or frustrated, but we also know that life keeps spinning and so we do too. But both authors, Iyer and Kundtz, may be right. Just a little quiet time here and there really can make everything work so much better.

 

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