Stillness

DSC_0035This morning I was out walking before the sun came up.  It is a beautiful time of the day.  The sky was still dark and the only ones around were the kangaroos and the magpies.  I have noticed how often at that time of the morning,  the air is amazingly still and then later on it can be completely different. It is like the day is preparing itself for what is ahead, by meditating before it starts getting busy. 

For me the perfect start to my day is 5am meditation, followed by a long walk.   What I notice when I do this is that I am more attuned to the messages I need to hear.  Also I get to appreciate nature when no one else is around.  For example, a possum standing still at the bottom of a gum tree, a kangaroo family grazing on fresh grass shoots, or the magpies getting ready to herald in a new day.  It is a peaceful and wonderful way to begin my day.

I deliberately don’t take anything with me on my walks so I can just be present as I wander around our suburb.  The beauty of no technology is that I am able to access the ‘wise’ part of myself easily, to think through challenges or just notice if something isn’t quite right.

Today, most people don’t switch technology off – whether it is their phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, TV or radio, there is always something going on in the background (and often the foreground as well).  It doesn’t surprise me that stress is at an all-time high.  The only way to be able to listen to your inner wisdom is to get quiet and still.  We all need quiet time to rejuvenate ourselves.

So today, plan 10-30 minutes where you turn all technology off and just sit and be.  If you haven’t done this in a while be prepared to get fidgety.  Your mind will tell you that you are wasting your time, even worse it might get anxious because you are not instantly replying to Facebook messages, texts and emails.  Just sit with that discomfort and listen to your body.  Once it knows that you mean business, you will be surprised at what amazing information comes your way.

If you have a difficult problem that needs to be solved, being still will get you the answer quicker than pushing through the problem – and the answer will generally be better than anything your rational mind can come up with.

So this week I encourage you to take 10-30 minutes off each day from the noise and just sit in stillness.

Until next week, take some time out to be still.

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.

Eckhart Tolle

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