What happens in the stillness?
When you think back across your life and some of the best decisions you made for yourself can you remember where you were and what you were doing?
I remember the idea to work overseas came to me when I was driving on a long journey on my own. Driving has always been a great time for some stillness and contemplation.
This idea appeared to come from nowhere, yet it felt so good …. scary but good…. and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
We can actually drift off into a hypnotic state when we’re driving. This is when the conscious mind isn’t needed so it can rest. It’s in these moments that we get to hear our intuition very clearly.
When your conscious mind is quiet you can tap into your subconscious and this is where you will find the answers that you have been seeking. Your true soul answers will not come from consciously analysing and searching they come from deep within the subconscious.
The conscious mind can be so loud that it drowns out the subconscious and your soul cannot always be heard when she speaks to you.
The world is a busy place and our minds are forever occupied with to do lists, comparison and judgement. Our senses are overloaded with social media and technology and the environments that we find ourselves in are overwhelming.
It is, however, still possible to create moments of stillness and when we do there can be a real sense of peace.
When we are able to quieten our minds as well as our bodies we allow our nervous system to settle. The parasympathetic part of our nervous system, that lets us know everything is ok and we are safe, is triggered as we slow and breathe more deeply.
We’re pretty good at resting our bodies and knowing when our bodies need a break. But we’re not so good at doing the same thing with our minds.
The best way to bring some stillness into your life is to do it intuitively. In the beginning this may be more difficult for you. So set an alarm reminder on your phone and either listen to my stillness meditation to guide you through 10 minutes of peace or simply do the following:
> Find a quiet spot, turn off your phone
> Let people around you know that you don’t want to be disturbed for the next 10 minutes
> You could play some gentle music on low
> Close your eyes and as you do drop out of your head and into your body
> Notice your breathing, in through your nose and out through your mouth
> Allow thoughts to drift in and out without any judgement
> Give yourself permission to just be … be still … be calm …. Be peaceful
> Be grateful for this inner sanctuary that you can visit any time.
You can also affirm to yourself
I find stillness every day
I am stillness
I am peaceful
I choose to live in stillness
I give myself permission to simply do nothing
I have peace in my mind
Truth comes from my stillness
Peace is my home
The world around can continue doing what it is doing as
you visit your inner sanctuary for a few minutes. Within that sanctuary you find peace and stillness and you can visit here any time you need to - how wonderful.
If you are finding it difficult to make a decision about something you are probably searching too hard. You are using the conscious part of your mind to analyse and criticize. Taking a few moments for stillness will bring the answers to you when you stop searching.
Please enjoy my guided meditation on stillness that I shared in The Harmony Hive.