This is one of the drums I will beat, probably until the day I die. If you are a person looking for answers for your life, stillness must be a part of it. I do not know a single person who is not interested in evolving and growing who does not include some form of quiet, solitude, or stillness as a consistent ongoing practice in their life. It is essential.
The world is a loud, busy, hectic place. So is your mind if you haven’t noticed. That thing chatters at us all day long. I love my mind but good golly some days I wish it would just shut. up. already.
You already know I’m a big proponent of Mother Nature and spending time with her to get still. I believe doing that is one of the best ways to slow down, get quiet, and listen to your heart and soul.
Recently though, I’ve had to find a new practice. We’ve had multiple forest fires here in the NW with unhealthy levels of smoke blowing around for 6 weeks now. Some days, it just doesn’t feel good to sit outside and commune with the tress, the birds, the flowers, and the campfire in my nose. So, I’ve started a new practice to get quiet so that I can continue to hear what my heart and soul need to tell me.
I set a timer for 10 minutes. I have my journal and pen next to me. I set the intention that the universe will share with me what I need to know. I close my eyes and I sit. And I wait to see what comes up. My mind wanders, yes it does. Often I get nuggets of inspiration in that wandering and I write those down. Other times I can tell my mind is just meandering around so I return to focus on my breathing again.
It’s a simple practice. I try to do it daily. Some days “feel” more fruitful than others but it doesn’t matter. It’s a commitment I’ve made to myself and relationship with the universe. I know it will be good when winter comes and spending an hour sitting on my deck impossible.
I know how important it is to listen. To be still.
In order to hear what it is you need to hear, you must get quiet. I have never found a better way. I don’t think one exists.
Do you have a practice you do consistently that allows you to ground and get the messages you need? I'd love to hear about it.
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