A teacher was traveling with his students from one city to another. As they traveled, they happened to pass by a lake. The teacher asked one of his students to go to the lake to fetch him some water to drink. On reaching the lake, the student realized that the water was very muddy and unfit for drinking.
He came back and reported to the teacher that the water was not safe for consumption. The teacher thought for a moment and asked the students to rest by a tree for a while. After several hours, the teacher asked the same student to go back to the lake and bring back some water. When the student reached the lake, he found that the mud had settled, and the water above it was fit for drinking. He fetched some and took it back to his teacher.
The teacher took advantage of the moment to share life wisdom with the students. He compared the lake to the mind. The muddy lake is like a disturbed mind. It is hard for anyone to benefit from such turbidity. The quality of decisions is, however, enhanced when one has a calm mind. If you want to lead a high-quality life, then scheduling a time for stillness is essential.
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. – Eckhart TolleStillness Speaks
Stillness traces its origin from various religious and traditional practices from around the world. The practice was and is still used to bring clarity and self-awareness.
In a fast and busy world, quieting the mind can be an arduous task. Different activities in our daily lives demand our attention, and it can be easy to lose ourselves in the busyness of the chaotic world. Practicing stillness is, however, something that you should prioritize in your daily routine.
Here are some reasons why you should schedule a time for stillness.
1. Cultivate Self – Mastery
One of the ways to gain self-mastery over self is to deal with doubts and fears. By scheduling quiet time, it becomes easy for you to deal with the fear of the unknown. Dealing with your fears helps you make sound decisions that give you clarity of purpose. Learning how to quiet the mind ensures that it is easy for you to gain more control of self, and ultimately the life that you want to carve out for yourself.
2. The Power of Suggestion
When you make time for stillness, it is easy for you to explore the What If’s. Scheduling time for imagination sets your soul free to explore all your dreams. Using your imagination is very refreshing, especially when you get to watch your dreams come to life.
3. The Art of Patience
It takes time to cultivate patience. One of the ways that you can cultivate patience is by practicing stillness.
Taking time to reflect helps you to be aware of what is happening right here right now. In a sense, you stop running, and you get to experience life. Understanding yourself as well as your weaknesses, ensure that it is easy for you to be patient with yourself, and others.
4. Develop your Creative Side
Our creativity and consumption ration is something that usually goes unchecked. Most of us, by default, consume more and are probably not tapping into our creative side. Being creative is essential since it helps you explore your gifts and talents. It is easy for you to tap into your creativity when you schedule a time for stillness.
5. Endless Flow of Ideas
Most successful people admit that they schedule a time for stillness regularly since it is the time where they can get new ideas. Taking the time to explore your inner space will help you unlock great solutions to everyday life. If your idea flow is blocked, then consider scheduling a time for stillness.
Do you practice stillness?
Until the next post, let your soul sing!