Word of The Day: Stillness

stillness-of-water-terry-cosgraveWord of The Day:  Stillness

Definition – silence; quiet; the absence of motion

This word came to me today while lying in bed.  I am being treated for Lyme Disease and the little critters dying off is hard on the body.  It leaves me exhausted and lethargic and often times in pain.  It is hard to be self-employed and be sick.  There are no paid days off.  So, when I can’t work, I tend to get caught up in anxiety about not being able to work.

I knew I had to find stillness in my mind if I were going to shift out of fear so I began to breathe.  The deeper I breathed the more quiet I became.  A great stillness came over me and I fell back asleep.  I could’t have gotten there without the breath.  When I awoke the fear had dissipated.

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Contemplating Stillness

4b0758_43cdcd2f530146c8b3b620320a6cb6fc~mv2Stillness – The absence of movement or sound

“Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” ~David Foster Wallace~

“Be still.
Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity” ~Lao Tzu~

“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.” ~Ekhart Tolle~

“Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.” ~E’yen Gardner~

 

Stillness

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stillness wraps around me like a blanket
i breathe its fragrance in
a meditation on ecstasy

There is freedom here
no hurrying around forcing my way
only relaxation and contemplation
and peace

a vast expansiveness echoes in this space
yet I do not feel afraid
nor alone

love surrounds me
it strokes my cheek like a lover
it speaks my name as friend

Following The Silence

4-730_Silence_hdI am a doer and a planner.  Lately my guidance has me stepping out of my comfort zone and into intuitive living.  As a psychic you would think this comes easily but it doesn’t always.

I like the feeling of accomplishing tasks.  Getting things done.  This silence that I’m experiencing is empty.  Empty in the way of not feeling the mental push that I usually sense prodding me along.

So, I’m exploring this silence.  Sitting on the couch reading, resting, writing.  I feel anxious.  How are things going to get done?  So much of my self-worth has been determined by what I can carry out in a day.  Old messages from long ago tell me to keep moving.  You haven’t done enough yet.  You haven’t earned your rest.

I am following the silence even through the fear.  I want to see where it brings me. . .

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”~William Penn~

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False Evidence Appearing Real

fear-false-evidence-appearing-realFor awhile now I’ve been experiencing strange physical symptoms that are keeping me very distracted. I’ve journalled about it and have even asked my IGS (Internal Guidance System) what the cause of my symptoms are?  IGS keeps telling me that the cause of my symptoms is fear.  I’d sit with that information and then would invariably end up going down a rabbit hole via Google searching symptoms and thus “cures”.  This is what I mean by keeping distracted.

While reading my friend Katelyn Mariah’s blog post yesterday I as able to hear the truth in what my IGS has been telling me for the past several weeks.  In her blog Katelyn was able to ask herself some deep questions that uncovered ways in which she was not practicing prosperity consciousness.  Katelyn’s post reached me in a way my IGS hadn’t.  Even though the topic of my friends blog post is prosperity consciousness it goes deeper than that.  Prosperity consciousness or its opposite, lack consciousness goes way beyond the pocket-book.

What my guidance, through the symptoms of my body, has been trying to tell me is just how much fear I still carry and thus lack consciousness.

This morning when I awoke I noticed all the anxiety (fear) I have been experiencing.  Now that I’m aware of where my lack consciousness is hiding out (for me its body symptoms) I can shift it.  How I accomplished that this morning was by being still.  I lay in bed for 2 1/2 hours before I felt the shift.  How I have kept myself distracted (hiding) from my fears so far is by keeping busy.  I usually get right out of bed and start my day.  I rarely have moments of stillness.  Today I was determined to be with my fears, not engaging those fears in mental warfare but through observation and non-attachment.  Here are some other ways to shift fear:

Tools To Shift Fear

  • Breathe – my first yoga teacher taught me that you can’t hold fear in the body and breathe deeply at the same time.  Try it.  You’ll like it.
  • Yoga – Fear gets trapped in the body and yoga opens the body up and release negative emotions.  A fellow yogi once expressed to me that all resistance in the body is fear.  Yup.
  • Being out in nature – Go for a walk, run, bike ride or sit by a body of water.  Nature has a way of calming the body and the mind and bringing to our awareness a peace that already exists underneath the fear.
  • Sing – Put on your favorite yoga music or straight up rock and roll.  Sing along with your favorite songs.  Using our voice in a proactive way is another tool to free oneself from fear.
  • Exercise – Any exercise helps release anxiety from the body.  Underneath the fear is peace.

All these tools I have in my tool box yet there are some days I get caught up in distraction or busyness.  As I write this I can feel the anxiety (fear) back in my body.  I’m not alarmed by this return of the fear.  I know it’s on its way out now.  This is a life long pattern that I don’t really expect to shift in one sitting.  Though, I do believe it can. . .

 

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hold still, my beloved

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hold still, my beloved

when fear comes crashing
at your door

hold still

when aloneness threatens
the very breath
you breathe

hold still

you are not alone
and fear isn’t
real

only
love is

hold still, my beloved
and feel
my arms
around you

hold still

and know
that in stillness

you will

find
me