Embrace the Stillness
15th August 2016
We're always on the move. What happens if we welcome in stillness?
Have you stopped today or has your every waking moment been crammed with activity, expending attention, movement? Motion, not stillness is what defines our days. Sometimes we’re forced to stop: grief, sickness or heartache. What about if you search for a moment of stillness in your day without it being imposed on you by such life-changing life times?
Michael Nobbs of Sustainably Creative helps people ‘stay on creative track one small step at a time’. Here’s what he says about coping with the moments when his body forces him to halt:
I seem to have no choice but to accept the stillness. My body protests every time I try and move beyond a snail’s pace. It feels much more comfortable when I let it sit by the fire or go a stroll through the woods.
Activity of any sort is best done in gentle stages. I write a few words at time, I draw just a few lines, I make stock for soup one day and the soup the next (or even the next). Nothing will let me hurry it (I know I’ve tried and the writing just needs to be redone, the stock boils dry, the drawing has to be discarded!).
Carve out one minute for stillness today. No motion, only breath and thoughts. What happens?