19 May The Importance of Stillness
By Steph Chary
The importance of stillness
I love doing nothing. Some say that I probably excel in it. The everyday can demand so much from us
that it can be hard to even hear yourself think. There is something wonderful about disconnecting from
the world around you. It brings you closer to yourself.
How to practice
Very simply, stillness is just being. It is actively just being present with yourself. You can start by just
silencing your notifications. Take a few breaths and close your eyes, allowing the present moment to
wash through you. However, I want to be clear there isn’t one way of practicing stillness. For others, it
could be walking around, taking in the sights and sounds.
Exploring the significance
Stillness can reduce stress, increase clarity, and can allow for change in perspective. These are certainly
positive benefits. However, what often can go overlooked is the significance behind stillness. From work
to our social life, we can be quite inundated. Often, we can be asked to do more with less. Stillness can
be a radical act of self-care.
There is a level of irony that exists in scheduling nothingness. It would make for a great comedic sketch.
Just like anything else, practice can help. It might be challenging to start but carving out the time in your
day to be your present with yourself is important. It’s a live, on-going process.
Stillness can help us become more present in our lives. In the world of never ending notifications, it is
important to make time for ourselves. Psychotherapy can help strengthen that commitment and help
recenter ourselves. In session we can utilize stillness by redirecting the focus on the here and now
without creating a particular script. This can lead to more mindfulness where we can develop greater
awareness and acceptance.