The Gift of Stillness
Finding time to be still and consciously forgive ourselves for all those things we can beat ourselves up about can be a cleansing and healing process. It also supports our deep inner sense of wellbeing. Getting connected to and grounded in our own inner sense of wellbeing will enable us to decompress and unwind from our daily lives and activities. Which in turn supports our long-term sense of wellbeing.
Giving ourselves permission to be still is a crucial step in this process of embracing stillness for wellbeing. Sometimes we think to be still is a waste of time, or we have other more important things to do. Whereas the truth is that those pockets of personal stillness, build us up, and support us in managing our day to day lives in a much more energised and focused manner.
Allowing ourselves to be still and silent daily for even 5 minutes, in the world we live in can feel like an impossible task. But to reassure you it can be done. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to support yourself in finding your own moments of stillness. It’s all about finding those moments and pockets of time when you can give yourself the opportunity to be still, just once or even twice in your day, allowing yourself to decompress and recharge from day to day activities and situations.
So find a space away from others, a quiet corner in a coffee shop, an empty corner table in a library, or even a bench in your local park, wherever in your immediate environment that you can use to allow yourself to be still, you can sit and be still or even stand and be still. When you find your spot, allow yourself to settle, breathe out all those frustrations and niggles and for these few moments simply let them go, feel them drift away. Take all the self-frustration and world frustration and let it float away, forgiving yourself and this world for not being as perfect as we might be. Then sit or stand with your body, let yourself breathe deeply and slowly. Let your body unwind and then allow yourself to settle into your stillness. Do this for 2 mins, 3 mins and then 4 mins, start of with short periods and build up to 10-15 minutes.
To start with, being still will be a bit of a challenge, but stay with it, keep allowing yourself those pockets of stillness and remind yourself of the rejuvenating value that stillness gives you, which in turn supports your long-term sense of wellbeing. So think what you can do over the next week to allow yourself the gift of stillness.
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