Motionless, silence, tranquility, calm…all synonyms that describe the act of being still.
From the time we wake up in the morning to the moment our head hits the pillow in the evening we are busy. Busy getting ready for work, rushing the kids off to school, sitting in traffic on our way to university, or waiting in line for our much needed – and most certainly deserved – cup of coffee.
Time doing nothing although wanted and desired has almost morphed into a condition of laziness. Seems when we find an opportunity to be still we almost immediately find the nearest distraction. Mindlessly viewing our FaceBook at record speed or reading up on the “news” possibly hoping they are talking about something other then Russia or Donald Trump.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself – Why?
Why is it so hard to be still?
In the current cultural paradigm – being busy is a symbol of importance, a person that is on demand. Many corporations build their culture around the mentality of a start-up environment, which epitomizes this act of being busy. Generally start-ups expect their employees to work 60-70+ hours a week, unlimited availability on the weekend, and taking on more responsibility without the bump in pay. Workers fall in line because they know there’s someone else ready and willing to take their place. We can point blame at corporate America and social media for successfully keeping us busy but in the end being busy is a choice.
So much can be gained by being still yet so many of us almost find discomfort in its presence. Maybe your facing a hardship that doesn’t pose a clear answer or direction. Or maybe you feel alone and aren’t able to find the community you so desperately desire. Possibly we feel stuck and aren’t sure how to proceed. It is very easy to mumble, “you’re not alone” and “there are answers” and “your life and your path does have meaning” but hearing and then believing is a complex acts, isn’t it? Great comfort can be achieved in believing that “I am always loved and always desired, no matter where I am both physically and mentally.” We just have to give ourselves the opportunity to be still so we can hear (first) and then believe (second).
Be still, and know that I am God! Psalms 46:10 NLT
Maybe being still gives us the opportunity to reconcile our dreams versus the reality and that can be both daunting and painful. So instead we find distractions and the clock continues to tick. Reconciling actual life versus what we hoped or budgeted life to be gives us perspective. That time we take to be still, to know that we are being watched over and looked after even when we feel alone is a gift straight from God Himself. Be still, be vulnerable in His presence, and be willing to listen to what He has to say to you, be available to embrace His unconditional and unwavering love.
Life will pass you by without asking for your permission. When we take the time to be still we are inviting a reunion with peace, relief and existing in the here and now! Be still, I dare you!
How to Be Still
You don’t have to be a yogi (yoga practitioner or student of a guru) to be still. You simply need to step out of your level of comfort and try something new.
Detach. Give yourself permission to be completely detached for at least ten minutes to start. Turn off your ringer, the TV, your spouse and kids (oh if only it were that easy).
Relax. Find a quiet place that makes you feel good and just close your eyes. You’ll likely think about what you should be doing, that’s o.k.!
Affirmations. Silently repeat a word or phase that makes your heart smile, like “I am beautiful” or “I am loved.” Play with words or phrases of affirming how great you are perceived in the eyes of The Lord.
Don’t Give Up. Carving out much needed time for yourself will feel foreign at first and you will likely hear negative back talk as you try to do something amazing for yourself. It’s easy to give up – just don’t!
Be still in …
And your Strength! God loves you and so do I!