Recharge through stillness

How often do you actually live totally in the NOW? If you are honest with yourself, then you will admit that most of the time you are dreaming or wishing for something else. Very rarely do people live in the present and totally concentrate on the activities at hand.

When you work in the garden,
you wish for food or think about a discussion you had last week. When you wake up in the morning, you think about the day to come. When you are eating you are talking or thinking about your life’s issues. Very rarely do people live in the present and totally concentrate on the activities at hand.

For this reason people perform most actions in life half-heartedly and with little entusiasm. Yet it is certain that everybody at one time or another has experienced periods when they were totally concentrated on one activity.
And if you look back you might remember that those periods where times of great joy and happiness.

Living in the present is important in all spiritual paths.
How can one develop more present moment awareness?
How can one live in the present moment without effort? One of the most effective ways is to train the mind through various awareness practices like mindfulness and yoga. In mindfulness for example we train our awareness by focussing our attention on an object in the now (breath, sense perceptions, thoughts, actions etc.). The result is more control over our attention and a growing awareness.


Know that you have a choise

It recharges body & mind, it gives the brain the space to organise thoughts fort he future and to digest past experiences, it relaxes your nervoussytem, allowing it to recover from the constant stimuli.
Taking time for stillness is the best way to find inner peace. It gives you the wisdom and power to handle the tasks in your life from a place of clarity, strenght and wisdom.

Like all things you want to learn it takes some practise and dedication to be more still inside. A beautiful practise is mindfulness meditation.
By practising mindfulness meditation you raise your awareness. When you are aware it is more likely that you choose for silence more often.
Mindfulness also gives you a taste of how it feels to be still and peaceful inside. Once you expereinced it, it is easier to come back to it. Mindfulness is very simple, yet it takes some discipline in the beginning.

The best is to schedule some time in your agenda for meditation each day. Even if it is only for a few minutes. The best time of the day is early morning, before you perform other activities and in the evening before going to bed.

There are many different meditations, but focussing on the breath is a good start.
It is very simple, yet it has many benefits. What you do is, you bring your awareness to the entrance nostrils and feel how the breath goes in and out. Every time when the mind wanders away into thinking or reacting to sounds (and it will!) you remind yourself of your practise and bring the mind back to the breath.

It is this process of bringing the mind back to the breath that is important and not the lenght of time that you hold your awarenss onto the breath. You do this over and over again. The movement of bringing the mind back to the breath is like waking yourself up from a dream, named thinking. By practise you slowly become more awake, peaceful and still within.

Know that you have a choise.
Do do you choose for chaos or for inner peace? Only you can make the choise to meditate and in this way to cultivate feelings of stillness. By practise you will grow into your ability to choose for small moments of stillness throughout the day. Growing into precense gives more inner space and freedom, which you can bring into the world around you. Helping your environment to become more harmonious and peaceful.

“Within you, there is a stillness to which you can retreat at any time”

(Herman Hesse)

Recharge through stillness