Be Still and Quiet
It's Good For You!
How hard is it to just be still? If you've ever tried meditation, you'll know it's harder than it looks.
I'm not necessarily the fidgeting type, but the minute I think I'm not supposed to move, something will itch or twitch or I'll feel like I'm coming out of my skin.
However, sometimes being still and quiet is exactly what you need.
When I'm creating an idea for a new piece of art for example, the best ideas come when I'm still and quiet.
Often, I'll have flashes of brilliance while lying in bed - quiet and still. My best works have been created from those moments of inspiration when I was doing absolutely nothing.
This world is fast paced and hectic. Between cell phones and computers, we are literally connected to everyone all the time. There's no built in downtime.
And add to that the busiest season of the year, and you've got the makings of a mental overload (or breakdown)!
So why is it so important that you take time out to be still?
You can only handle so much without a break. It's like driving a car non-stop without taking the time to re-fuel or change the oil. Eventually, it will stop and leave you stranded.
Usually at a most inopportune time.
But if you make the effort to fuel up and get the maintenance done, that car will serve you for many happy years.
Your mind and body are no different.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, you've waited too long. It will still work to take time out but you'll need much more of it to get level again.
The best approach is to proactively take some time each day to maintain your zen.
It doesn't have to be anything formal either.
You can lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes and simply zone out. That works just as well.
The main thing is that you make time for yourself and invest in those precious moments of quiet and stillness.
You'll find that answers to questions suddenly appear. Solutions to problems seem to come out of nowhere.
And my favorite, inspiration bubbles up from a seemingly hidden well and you have creative, out-of-the-box ideas that take you in all kinds of interesting directions.
Another benefit is that you'll appreciate the people and things in your life much more when there's a little bit of separation.
So during this busy season, take time out to re-charge your batteries. Start a meditation practice if that interests you, or just allot a few minutes every day to simply be quiet and still.
The new year will be better, your relationships will improve, and your physical and mental health will get a much needed boost. And you'll be happier, too!
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