In our modern day living we have forgotten the art of pausing. The grace of the breath. The joy of stillness. It's so very easy to get so caught up in the endless to do lists. The things we should do. The places we needs to go. Work. Pressure. Stress. Commitments. Social events. Facebook, twitter, 24 hour access news sites all fill our mind with endless information some of it is great and beneficial others just weigh our mind down and we become overwhelmed with so much data. It happens so often that perhaps we don't even realise this on a conscious level for it has become our every day norm. Yet is still has an impact on our mind, body and heart.
With this rushing around we tend to live a one dimensional life from the place of our mind and disconnect from the core of our being and our inner landscape. We give so freely to others yet forget to give to ourselves. Many even give more space and energy to their laptops and smart phones than they offer to themselves. How crazy is that!
To live a full and embodied life we must learn to reconnect with our body and heart. Learn to find space in each day to be in a place of stillness and to be with all of our being. For within our body and heart lies a great wealth of knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. When we give ourselves space we also begin to connect with the intellect of the body and the wisdom of our hearts and this can really guide and support us in our life.
In this modern day digital age we have truly forgotten the art of solitude, the grace of stillness and the gift of the pause of our being to return back to the home of our inner landscape and the true nature of who we are.
When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape.” John O'Donohue
The one simple step to reconnect with calmness and grace
There is no fancy technique or tools to use to experience calmness and grace right now. Just pause what you are doing - for one minute, five or ten minutes - whatever time feels right for you.
Close your eyes. Just take a moment. To breathe. To sit and just be. In your own solitude and stillness. Feel your feet on the ground. Connect with your heart. To be with your body. To feel the presence in all of you. No rush. No demands for this is your moment. Breathe. If you become distracted by your thoughts just allow them to float on by like clouds and return your awareness back to your breath.
I use to be so caught up in my work, personal life and chores I forgot to give the gift of stillness to myself. When I began to incorporate this in my life I experienced more clarity, focus and calmness in all areas of my life. I had a renewed energy, creativity and passion.
Do not underestimate the power of of this one simply step. It can truly impact your life. When you give yourself the gift of solitude each day - even for a minute or two - you will notice a difference in your mind, body and heart. It may feel uncomfortable at first but keep at it and soon you will be at completely at home within your body. Perhaps a whole new world of creativity, grace and calmness awaits you.