This article was written by Gini Grey, who is a Transformational Coach, utilizing a powerful blend of coaching, counseling and spiritual energy tools in her individual sessions, workshops, books and CD's. For more information go to www.ginigrey.com.
Viewing a tranquil lake on a windless day or a snow peaked mountain at sunset can still your mind and body. The beauty of nature connects us to our soul and we pause, if even for a moment, to rest in stillness.
Our daily activities call our attention outward. We give so much to everyone and everything else in our lives. As rewarding as this may be, it can also be tiring and depleting if we don't find moments for ourselves to replenish and re-energize.
Like leaving a stormy blizzard to come inside and nestle by a fireplace with a warm cup of tea, we need to take time away from our hectic lives to be with ourselves in restful stillness. Whether it's a soothing hot bath, an evening of candlelight and peaceful music, or a silent meditation where we connect with our soul and the source of life, these self-loving moments calm our busy thoughts so we can simply be, without having to think, plan or do.
In stillness we find ourselves and relax into our true nature.
* How busy is your life? Are your thought and emotions as busy as your life?
* How often do you take time for yourself to rest in stillness? What does stillness do for you?
* What will support you in taking more time for yourself to be still? What will support you in calming your mind and body so you can go deeper into stillness?
* Take five minutes right now to stop whatever you are doing and just be still. Notice what is around you; take in the sights, sounds and smells without judging or thinking about them. Then notice what's going on in your mind and body, just watching in stillness. Notice how this feels to take a few minutes to just be.
* The next time you find yourself caught up in busyness or endless distractions, stop, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy stillness. You might ask yourself what you are distracting from. Is it from being with yourself? Do your mind and body need to be in control with endless thinking and doing? Practice being still, allowing your mind and body to acclimatize to this new state.
* Whatever level of stillness you currently experience, take it a step further by giving yourself more quiet time, deeper meditations into stillness, and more breaks between bursts of activity. Notice how this replenishes and rejuvenates your body, mind and soul.
"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world."
-- Eckhart Tolle