7 top tips on being still

7 top tips to be still

7 top tips to be still

7 top tips on being still is designed to get you thinking clearly and to practice living in the now.

Do you have a war going on inside your head? Are the negative thoughts ruling your positive thoughts?

7 top tips on being still can help you make peace inside your head.

Everything I have read so far about personal development is to take action and remover procrastination from your life. It sounded like good advice taking action removes self doubt and fear it worked.

Now along comes somebody else and tells me to be still? What is being still? Is it lying in your bed and not moving for fear of waking everybody up? Is it posing as a statue with only your eyes blinking? Does being still mean doing nothing all day long?

Why would anybody just want to be still?

Eckhart Tolle explains that being still is like creating a space between who you really are and what your  thoughts are. He says it is a heightened awareness of the thoughts you have.  The best piece of advice I have hard in a long time is to not fight your negative thoughts. The more attention you give to them the stronger they become. Here I was telling everybody to avoid negative thoughts to flush them out of your mind. Eckhart Tolle suggests that your negative thoughts are part of your conditioned thoughts over time. They are made up of your environment, experiences and the people who are part of your life.

Negative thoughts are not who you are. It is only when you take them on board that they can impact on you. Being still and developing your awareness and acknowledging that these thoughts are inside your head is important. You begin take control over them. They don’t dominate your thinking process any more.  You dissolve them by showing them who is the boss. You won’t buy into their nagging persistence to be like everybody else.

So if being still can help you remove negative thoughts then I am all for it. Here are some tips that I will be using to begin my venture into being still.

7 top tips on being still.

Schedule a time.  Decide on a time to practice being still and commit to doing it daily.

Find a place. This can be in your most serene uninterrupted park or it can be the quiet retreat of your bedroom. It is important that you are not interrupted.

Set a timer. Use your iphone or anything that will allow you to keep track of  how long you have been still.

Relax your body. I will simply sit in a soft chair with my eyes closed. I will relax every part of my body by systematically paying attention to every part.

Quiet your mind.  Removing the chatter and confusion by creating a space between me and the conditioned thoughts that make up who I am. A good suggestion for this is to focus on your breathing.

Be present. Don’t be regretting or celebrating the past. Don’t be worrying or dreaming about the future. Instead, collect your thoughts and be present—in this moment. It is the most important time you have. In fact, it is the only time you have.

Learn to return. This is the most helpful component. Create a space in your head that acknowledges your perfect day. This will make it easier for you to look forward to spending time being still.

Perhaps the most important thing is just to start. It’s easy to blow the discipline of stillness off as something you don’t have time for. Don’t. The busier you are the more important it is.

You need this in your life more than you know. Even if you can only set aside five minutes a day, do it. And if you miss a day or two,

don’t beat yourself up. Just start again.

14 great reasons to be still by the experts:

Hope you enjoy this little inspiring collection of quotes on stillness.

1. “When you don’t know what to do, get still, the answer will come” Oprah Winfrey

2. Silence helps to settle and calm your nervous system.

3. “Being still is a key factor for hearing our best lives calling us”  Martha Beck

4. “One way people can develop peace in themselves is just by sitting quietly and breathing”  Thich Nhat Hanh

5. “When you experience yourself in stillness you experience yourself in clarity”  Eckhart Tolle

6. “When you lose touch with your inner stillness you lose touch with yourself”  Eckhart Tolle

7. “Sitting, lying or walking peacefully un-distracted for 15 minutes will activate different aspects of your nervous system and immune function. Your body will soon start to replenish itself again”.

8.   “It is not wise to dash about. Shortening the breath causes much stress. Use too much energy, and you will soon be exhausted. That is not the Natural Way. Whatever works against this way will not last long.”  Tao Te Ching

9: “The aim of  stillness is simple.  To pay more attention to your inside world rather than your outside world”  Carole Fogarty

10: “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance” Morgan Freeman

11: “Through return to simple living comes control of desires.  In control of desires stillness is attained.  In stillness the world is restored”  Lao Tzu

12: “Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you.  Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality”  Deepak Chopra

13: “It is the stillness that will save and transform the world”  Eckhart Tolle

14. To know who you really are and to find how you are really feeling can be discovered in stillness

This collection of quotes was put together by Being Still For 15 Minutes A Day Can Change Your Life

by CAROLE FOGARTY

 

 

Questions: Have you ever practiced stillness? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what is keeping you from starting?  You can leave  a comment below.
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