On day 143 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored sitting in stillness as an act of self-care.
If you’re a parent, then you’re probably uttered (okay, shouted) the words, “Sit still!”
But how often do you take your own advice?
Excitable children don’t understand the value of sitting still, but the truth is that many adults don’t either. Sure, being still with our thoughts can help ground us and reconnect us with our sense of self, but it’s easier said than done. How can we slow down when our buzzing devices won’t shut their pie holes.
Besides, we’d be called lazy if we weren’t constantly overwhelmed and busy. Busyness is highly rewarded, ya know.
I get it. Really, I do. Stillness is difficult for me too.
I get frustrated with myself if I don’t accomplish something meaningful every day. Even so, I’m beginning to learn the value of sitting still with my thoughts. I’m starting to see the value of stopping long enough to connect the dots between my life experiences and the lessons they hold for me.
The stillness helps me sort out facts to make better decisions — something that’s nearly impossible to do when I’m flustered.
Even now, as I reflect on this new experience with stillness, I realize that I’m never completely still. I’m oscillating between thoughts, mental tasks – with a few moments of stillness here and there.
This is going to take practice, friends.
What does stillness look like for you?