When the soul contemplates in herself and by herself then she passes into another world; the region of purity and eternity, and immortality, and unchangeableness, which are her kindred, and with them she ever lives …
Plato, Phaedo, 79
Stillness is an active state of being that can pervade your life. It is not simply stopping and doing nothing. When you are still, you are totally conscious in the present moment and connected to the universe around you. This opens up a gateway to inspiration and clarity.
Only by being still can you calm the ceaseless activity of the mind and become clear about the meaning and purpose of your life. You learn how to observe where you are and how to exercise choices about your future actions.
Stillness can be cultivated even in the middle of everyday activity. It is useful to learn to be still at critical or decisive moments in your life. By doing this, you can gain access to the core of your being and the unconscious wisdom that exists within you. In stillness, you can witness or listen to what is happening both within you and in your outer world. What you experience in the physical world is a reflection, or mirror image, of your changing beliefs and desires.
Stillness will help you do the following things:
- Connect with your spiritual being and divine inspiration.
- Become aware of the continuous activity of your
- Become more detached from the activity of your
- Experience fully the emotions you are feeling.
- Know what action you need to take in any situation.
- Decide what changes you would like to make in your life.
You can only achieve stillness when you are completely in the present moment. To do this, you need to let go of any thoughts about the past or the future. When you are totally in the present moment, it is not possible to experience negative thoughts and feelings such as regret, feelings of failure, or anxiety about the future. You can move towards this state by practising the exercises in this chapter. If you wish to go further you can learn to practise meditation. This will bring you added peace and more awareness of your connection to higher consciousness. The art of meditation is covered in Chapter 9 of this book.
You can learn how to create stillness in your life by reading Chapter 4 of my book ‘The tree of becoming’
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