What stillness means
The concept of being in stillness runs counter to our fast-paced, always-on-the-go community. Multitasking is the standard practice, long to-do lists are the norm, and every second of the day is filled with an activity that must be completed.
Anxiety, stress, depression, and illness all affect us at some point as a result of this way of life – from work and family pressures to loss, grief, and a lack of direction, among other things.
Here’s an extract from Pauline McKinnon’s book, Living Calm in a Busy World.
‘Anxiety sets up a chain reaction; more anxiety, more bodily reaction, and the production of more cortisone than normal. This extra cortisone upsets the body’s immune response and allows abnormal, that is cancer, cells to grow without being destroyed. Stress itself is not always the problem; it is unresolved stress and our ability to cope with it that creates problems’.
There is no doubt that continuing to live our lives with these unhealthy feelings and emotions will have a negative impact on our bodies.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to feel stillness in the midst of this hectic lifestyle?
Why is stillness important to our lives?
It is a natural solution to managing life easier while also significantly improving health and well-being.
Being in stillness reduces responses in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of fight or flight, and increases responses in the sympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of rest and relaxation. In other words, it relaxes your mind, making you feel more at ease and less stressed.
Here are a few benefits that I hope will encourage you to start the practice so you can discover more yourself:
- Being in stillness allows your mind to calm down, allowing you to feel more at ease and less stressed.
- Stillness brings you back to the present moment, allowing you to deal with what is instead of what might be.
- One of the great benefits of practising stillness is that you become more aware of your place in the world.
- Aside from improving your sleep, being in stillness lowers your blood pressure, strengthens your immune system, and raises your serotonin levels. All of this is beneficial to your health.
How do you learn the practice now that you’re aware of its benefits?
Meditation is my answer.
Stress from my previous job made me turn to meditation and I discovered the wonders of it. And this experience is too valuable not to share with the world.
Meditation, in its most basic form, is a practice that connects the mind and the body. Its goal is to help you achieve greater physical and mental peace and calm, as well as to learn how to live more fully in the present moment.
In addition, I founded The Stillness Project. A global movement that uses stillness to help people reduce stress, cultivate peace, and grow in abundance.
And here’s something else I think you’ll find interesting in this context.
I did a special podcast episode on the Power of the Mind Podcast with Victoria Gallagher.
In this episode, we talked about what stillness is and what it brings to our lives. We discuss why stillness is so important to us, especially with the stresses of the modern era.
In this podcast, we look into the following points:
- What is Stillness and How it can Radically Impact the Course of Our Lives
- The Right Way To Utilise Stillness For Dealing With Emotional Anomalies
- An Innovative Way To Quickly Achieve a Deep State of Rest & Recovery
- Unique Ways to Free Yourself From Never-ending Thought Patterns And Unlocking a Higher State of Mind
- The Real-World Manifestation Benefits of Stillness (To Our Financial, Personal & Social Lives)
- Emotional Crisis: Why We Actually Get Them And The Most Effective Ways to Foster a Blooming, Positive Mindset
You can listen to the whole podcast by following the link below.