Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Being Still

Image Via Southern Grace And Sunshine 

"When you speed through your life, overlapping one thing with another, you lose sight of yourself.  You are alienated from reality.  You live in your head – in your thoughts and pictures of what things should be like."
 A Flourishing Life

This wonderful article, on 'Stillness', appeared in my inbox last night. It made me think and be still!

Gail, the author asked, "What if you were to stop? Stop thinking, stop doing, stop analysing, stop the endless loop of stories in your mind?" She asks, "what would you discover?" Would you get clarity on something that's been bothering you? Would you find that elusive creativity? Would you realise that you don't live 'in the moment' enough?!!

It really made me stop and think!

Is my running my 'still time'?.... as when I run, I'm not in my physical body, or in my head or my thoughts, I'm somewhere else.  I feel 'still' even though I am being physical. Gail suggests that you "let go of all the noticing, and just be still. Boundaries dissolve, and you are here - quiet, alive, and completely at peace. Notice that the quiet appears to expand everywhere". Yep, that's how I feel every morning. That's why I run. Maybe I should stop half way and sit on a park bench? I'm going to try it today.... just sit and be still... on a bench somewhere.

Gail is right. When you speed through every day, you do lose sight of everything. You need to get out of your head... away from your thoughts and the movie reel playing in your head and 'just be'.

I love these 'wake up' messages in my inbox. Isn't technology wonderful? It does enhance your life.

Do you take time out of your busy life to sit and be still? 

Head on over to 'A Flourishing Life' to read the full article HERE
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21 comments:

  1. Hi A-M :) I have been very much challenged by the "stillness" thing as well. In my job - working for a church - there is little time to be still and think properly. I read a really good book called "Solitude and Silence" where the author stressed that sometimes it is a discipline we must take time to do. She also gave a really good analogy of a jar of river water, shaken up and cloudy....then staying still to allow the sediment to settle and the water to clear. I always found that really helpful, when I felt guilty for being still and silent instead of working working working. I hope you enjoy your peaceful "sit" on the park bench tomorrow :) xxx

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    1. Oh I love the analogy. I am going to use that one myself! Thank you. xx

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  2. Thats very buddhist philosophy! I once had a moment with a monk who stilled my thoughts momentarily, there was complete silence, it was incredible! I had a real ahh moment - so thats what they mean ! I'm not buddhist btw, but its relevant for anyone. Will look at the full article, have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Mrs A. Oh those buddhist do heaps of good stuff! xx

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  3. I am so in love with that front porch A-M. Divine. It looks like something you might see in Mississippi/Southern America. I think I could "just be" on that porch. I find it difficult to be still. LIfe is too busy and I think too precious to spend too much time being still. However I would like to be still for maybe 5/10 minutes and a day. That would be nice. I try to stop each day and think about what I am grateful for that day so maybe that is my still time. Have a lovely day. Much excitement down here today after our earthquake. Have a lovely day. Nataliexx

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    1. I am a bit like you too Nat. It's hard to be still. There is so much to do! I have a gratitude journal beside my bed where each night I write 5 things I was grateful for that day.... but it just gets me thinking more and it's not very conducive to being 'still'! xx

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  4. Great post, A-M. This year, I've finally found stillness in yoga and it has changed my life. At the end of practice, we finish with the shavasana (or corpse) pose, which involves lying flat on your back, eyes closed, completely still. At first, it feels totally bizarre to stop and be still - we're so not used to taking time out of our busy lives to do so. But, in being still, you return to your core and everything else fades away, which has so many benefits. My yoga teacher describes it as, '...coming home to yourself.'

    I signed up to the 'TUT... A Note from the Universe' series on your recommendation, and absolutely love getting little messages in my inbox every day! Often, at 7.30am when I'm staring bleary-eyed at my inbox, they are exactly the shot of inspiration and perspective I need. So thanks for the recommendation :)

    xx

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  5. I find it interesting to observe people when I'm waiting in a crowd and notice that most people play with their phones! No one can just sit, they are checking emails/ Facebook or making calls. What a crazy, fast world we live in. xT

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    1. Guilty as charged... and now that my teenager has a phone, I notice him doing the same thing! xx

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  6. Oh A-M I love to sit and be still! It's not something everyone does or knows how to do, it's something you must learn to do and it's the greatest gift I think you can give to yourself. I love it! it gives me clarity something we loose in the busy lives we lead. I'm trying to teach my children the importance of being still in the moment a great tool to carry though life. Thanks for an inspiring post as always xx

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    1. Thank you! Oh yes, it takes work. I cheat by running. I find it very hard to just sit still and quiet the mind! A-M xx

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  7. Hi AM, I'm so happy to hear you are staying in Southampton. We have just come back from a few days there. It is gorgeous! East hampton is ,otoh,like a scene from a movie. It is picture book perfect. We stayed at the 1708 House. Foundations from 1647 & then house from 1708 onwards.
    We did hire a car. it was great to get around.
    You will surely have a great time.
    Wendy

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    1. Oh Wendy, I saw the 1708 House on Trip Advisor. It looked beautiful. Oh I can't wait to get there! A-M xx

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  8. Hi A-M,

    What a pleasant surprise to discover that you featured my article on your blog today! I am deeply honored. I especially appreciate that you find the message about the importance of stillness so essential that you wanted to share it. Just a few moments every day can make a difference, as you well know.

    Love to you and all your readers,
    Gail

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    1. Thank you Gail, for such an inspiring blog. One that I can say truly enhances my life. A-M xx

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  9. I always find time to meditate every now and then,
    I prefer in early mornings when the world seems so quiet.
    It helps a lot,
    I have my own clothing and beauty products shop
    that needs a lot of attention plus I want to be hands on when it comes to my family... very stressful indeed and I need time to quiet my mind and keep still.
    I think we all do need to calm down.

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    1. Oh yes Ann, I love the early mornings. They are so fresh and pure and full of promise. A-M xx

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  10. AM I am a psychologist who is very much into 'in the moment' type activities. When you run you are practising being 'mindful' which is to quote Jon Kabat Zinn is "paying attention in a particualr way on purpose in the present moment non judgementally" Aqwesome stuff. We can be mindful cleaning our teeth or even doing the dishes! Running, yoga or meditating is more fun though!

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    1. Oh I love it Kate! ... especially the 'non judgemental' bit. A-M xx

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  11. Thank you A-M, I needed to read that today.x
    Hugs to you and the boys.
    xxj.

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  12. My mother and I were just talking about this on the weekend. My "still" time is during the drive home to the farm to visit them - 5 1/2 hours of just me thinking. My mom's still time is on the lawn tractor when she's working in the yard....she has one yard that takes her 6 hours. She's always deep in thought. We love those moments just for us.

    Andrea

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx