Watching the Clouds Go By
When was the last time you watched the clouds move across the sky?
Last night I finished listening to the book Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday, where he expounds on how the great minds of our time, and before our time, used stillness as a way to reset, recenter, and re-connect with themselves.
From the Greek philosopher Seneca, to heads of State like Churchill and Kennedy, to home run legend Shawn Green, all of them incorporated stillness into their lives. They didn't do so on a mat or meditation pillow, and they didn't do so just once a day in the morning before heading to work, but THROUGHOUT their days, weeks, and years.
In our world of fun, fast, on-demand, constantly distracted, and all about the "hack", we have forgotten how to be bored. We don't know how to be still.
I think it is costing us.
This morning I practiced stillness in meditation, and while lying in savasana, eyes open watching the clouds move across the sky to reveal a bright starry sky hidden underneath.
It was a beautiful moment of stillness.
A beautiful moment to connect with the greater world around me.
A beautiful moment to remember that I am a tiny speck of energy, sitting on an immense ball of rock and earth, that is spinning around itself, while spinning around other balls of rock, and earth, and gas.
And here I am, in front of my computer NOT practicing stillness. Have a checked a box and now think that stillness isn't necessary?
I wonder how my life feel, and look if I practice more stillness--in the pauses between words. In the transitions between tasks. Even in my own head.
How do you practice stillness in the "in between" moments of your day?
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It's Theresa, founder of the Emerge Book Circle(s). These musings are focused on the living, loving, learning and leading that occurs everyday, in all its messiness.
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