Taking time to sit and be still can feel like a luxury in our busy, do it yesterday society. To be still means to be quiet, at rest and calm. I strongly believe that being still is highly underrated. Being still can lower our blood pressure and can help with creativity and concentration. Being still gives us time to reflect and recognize the many blessings that fill our lives. When we are constantly running from one task to another task, or social media post to social media post, we miss the opportunity to be still and just be. We miss the opportunity to be without expectation, to be without responsibility, and to feel how blessed we are. When we take time to be, we become a recipient of all that life has to offer because we have opened ourselves up to the infinite possibilities by not looking for or avoiding whatever it is we are searching for. We just are being. Some would go as far to say that when we are still and just being, we have everything that we need in that moment of time and are connected to Source Energy.
We all need time to be still and just be. Being still feeds the soul, re-energizes the body and gives the mind a much-deserved break. Taking care of yourself and being still is one way you can help yourself to be more present, creative and energized to handle all that life requires of you.
You may be wondering how you can just sit and be with some many responsibilities looming over you? Just being does not require a lot of time and effort. Find a quiet space (use the restroom or a closet if needed), sit down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. If your mind starts to wonder to your to do list, say to yourself “Okay, I’ll get to it in a few minutes” or “I’ve got time”, and return your attention to taking deep breaths. You can also do this while listening to your favorite calming song, or sitting outside while watching birds fly, or watching the wind blow the leaves on a tree.
I hope you’ll take some time today to sit and just be.
Christina is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland California.