Stillness

stillness –

the absence of motion.

The Practice

The practice of stillness is about intimacy. It’s about letting go and slowing down. It’s about creating spaciousness and decluttering our being so that we can feel our way into our essence. It’s about letting go of distractions and smokescreens that keep us from truly knowing ourselves.

The Research

  • Numerous studies have shown that stillness in the form of sleep is essential for memory.
  • One study revealed that sleeping less than 6 hours a night was the best predictor of on the job burnout.
  • Research is starting to show that busying ourselves decreases our quality of life.
  • Constantly doing something without making time for stillness overtaxes our nervous system until it burns out resulting in a variety of health problems.
  • Human beings are designed to move between expending and recovery energy. We are designed to know both movement and stillness.

Why Practice?

Stillness is a foundational practice as it supports growth in all areas of our being. It is essential to any health and wellness practice allowing the body to repair, recover, detoxify and rebuild. It opens our minds, expands our hearts and creates peace and flow in our lives.

How To Start Practicing

Practice Meditation and Mindfulness – Start a meditation practice. Explore local meditation groups for added support. To increase your mindfulness set a mindfulness alarm on your phone, watch or computer. When the alarm sounds take a few seconds to collect where you are at in your day. Use the time to reflect and regroup. Experiment with contemplative practices.

Take Breaks – Take deliberate, intentional mental breaks each day. Set a timer on your phone or computer to assist you in remembering.

Reframe – Reframe stillness as the action of emptying your mind of the unnecessary.

Vacation – Use all of your vacation days each year even if you cannot afford to get out of town.

Take a Technology Break – Take a break from your electronic devices. Pick a time of day or day of the week to step away from email, web searches and texting.

Resources To Support Your Practice

Book

The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

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TEDTalks

The Art of Stillness

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Online Learning

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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