There was a time when I was afraid to be still. I lived in my head, trying to analyze, organize, strategize, and figure everything out. Really, all I wanted was to be happy, and somehow my attempts kept missing the mark.
Then I learned about the power of stillness. I learned to refrain from moving my attention anywhere. I learned to stop creating a life through my mind and instead to let things be. I went from noise to silence, from doing to being.
It was a revolution that changed everything forever.
Resting in Stillness Is Meditation
When you rest in stillness, you notice the momentum of your habits and urges, but you don’t act on them. You actually experience the moment – the feel of the wind on your skin, subtle sounds you never noticed before. You can tell what your body wants and needs. You are here, alive, receptive.
It’s both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.
The exploration of stillness is commonly called meditation. All it takes is a few minutes, and you will begin to see the benefits and potential. If you are interested, simply sit down, close your eyes, and be. Don’t try to stop your thoughts or change anything. Just be the awareness that everything arises in.
Even to suggest that you notice is too strong. Expend no effort at all. Simply be aware, which you are already anyway, and let things unfold. Thoughts and physical sensations appear, feelings arise…just allow everything without getting in the way.
That’s all there is to it. Do this period of non-doing for a few minutes or longer. Do it even when what appears is painful or challenging. Relaxing into stillness is so loving because you are letting go of the need to fight or control your experience. And if you feel the urge to fight or control, simply let that be also.
See how it works? There is always a path to peace. Allow everything, effortlessly, and resistance ends.
The Benefits Flow Everywhere
The secret power of the practice of meditation is that it begins to seep into your daily existence. Your body learns how to stay relaxed, even when things are hard. You begin to say, “Oh, this” rather than struggling or defending.
I was trying to exit a parking lot yesterday, and the line stopped moving for a long time. There must have been 12 cars stuck trying to get out, eventually with horns blaring. I felt the agitation of the other drivers like it was mine. It was so clear that I had a choice, and I chose peace. It was barely a ripple in my evening.
Returning to stillness again and again is the key to unlocking the prison door. You might feel like you’re trapped by the ways you react in the course of your daily life. It may seem impossible to sustain peace.
Allowing your attention to rest in silence lets you see these reactions with objectivity, and what becomes apparent is their stressful and unfulfilling nature. It becomes easier and easier to choose sanity and let these reactions fall away.
Relaxing into stillness creates the space for deep listening. It invites you to hear the truth that is spoken to you—the voice of insight and clarity that is normally muffled by inner noise and external busyness. Confusion diminishes, and your path is laid clear.
Tapping into silence draws you deeply into yourself. You can let go of the effort to think yourself into being. In this quiet, timeless space, you can effortlessly be. No walls, no division, simply the pure essence of you – alive, loving, and completely at peace.
What keeps you from exploring silence? What happens when you do explore it? I’d love to hear…