We are all looking for that sense of peace and calm in our lives. With so much going on and a busy work and family schedule, it can be hard to find stillness in the everyday. But finding stillness should feel easy and be a part of your natural flow. Just the world stillness brings up feelings of serenity, peace, and relaxation. With daily practice, stillness can become a part of your busy life and bring you the calm you crave.
Here are some ways you can find stillness in a busy world:
Through the breath. One of the first places to find stillness is within the body. Doing some deep breathing and checking in with yourself is the first step towards cultivating stillness in your own life. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and scan through your body, looking for any areas that are holding tension or feel tight. Focus on these spots as your breathe, with the intention of relaxing the area with every breath. After even a few minutes of this practice, you’ll find an increased sense of stillness within yourself, and your body will feel much more relaxed.
Monitor what you consume. Everything we eat, read, listen to, and watch becomes a part of our existence. By eating a more balanced and clean diet, with lots of veggies and fruits, you’re helping to keep your body in balance and in a ready state for stillness. It’s also important to take stock of what other things you’re consuming. Find books, shows, movies, and podcasts that make you feel good inside. By filling your day with things that feel right and positive to you, you’ll be more likely to find stillness and peace when you need it.
Limit the noise in your life. Noise can be a stress factor. In our busy world, we’re bombarded by lots and lots of noises. By finding a space for SILENCE in your everyday, you are creating the perfect setting for stillness. Silence and stillness go hand-in-hand with each other. One interesting experience to try is to see if you can spend a day in silence. Notice how much noise you’re surrounded by, and try to spend a day in quiet, silent spaces. Limiting noise, turning down the volume, and spending time in silence all help to cultivate more stillness.
Practice meditation. A daily meditation practice will bring stillness into your life. By slowing down the mind and spending time connecting to your inner self, you’re giving your mind, body, and soul the stillness it craves. Meditation is one of the best and most powerful tools for quieting the mind and finding the calm of deeper consciousness. Try YouTube for some free, guided meditations to start. With practice, you’ll be able to meditate whenever you want. Starting a meditation practice at the beginning and end of your day is one of the best ways to find more peace and stillness in your life.
Be thankful. Finding stillness is directly related to feeling content. One of the fastest ways to contentment is focusing on what you are grateful for. By listing out the many things you’d like to say thank you for, you’re putting yourself in a positive mindset that will help you connect with stillness and find peace. Being grateful and practicing gratitude is about finding joy in life, and is a powerful way to find a happy, content sense of stillness.