Update February 28, 2019:
After my last post with the Heart Integration Guided Meditation to our Inner Stillness, I heard from a couple of folks remembering an earlier post about how I found my inner stillness. “Tell me again about that trip? Where did you go?” Well, I found my inner stillness in Oia, a little town on the Grecian island of Santorini, and we’re rerunning it now because who among us couldn’t benefit from two doses of stillness in one month these days?
My favorite place on the planet is a little town called Oia, which sits at the top of the comma-shaped island of Santorini in Greece. Yes, I love the views, the food, the Aegean waters, the people and the light. Of course.
But what I love most about Santorini is that the default setting on my brain flips to “off.” Once I want to do more than get out of bed, wash, dress and head to breakfast, I consciously have to turn my head “on.” And I love it.
Until I had this experience in Greece, I could not imagine how anyone could simply stare into space for any more than a few seconds. Do you remember the TV show “Northern Exposure”? Remember Dr. Fleishman’s nurse Marilyn, a woman of native American lineage who could sit and just stare off into the distance for what seemed like forever? I couldn’t believe she could do that. It was annoying – until I joined her.
So, why am I going on and on about this? Because Santorini taught me how to be still. It taught me how to quiet my mind, and my nervous system. Actually, it taught me how to simply be.
And that’s changed my life in more ways than I can count. It’s made me a better listener, and therefore a better friend, sister, sister-in-law, auntie, cousin and coach. And it’s deepened my connection to the Akashic Records, my higher self and the Divine.
The additional good news is that when I want flip off my brain chatter, I simply have to take my heart and head back to Oia. As much as I love getting all of me on a plane and actually going there, that’s not necessary. I can connect to that stillness anywhere, because now that stillness lives in me. Thank God.
We all know this is an incredibly intense time on the planet. And it can be overwhelmingly so. That means the ability to be still – and taking the time to be so – is even more important. And, if we’re not conscious and mindful, it’s easily more elusive. So, when a trip to Santorini is not an option at the moment, what can you do to be still?
Well, one friend of mine is challenging others to a seven-day news fast. He’s gone without radio, TV, newspaper and Internet news for two months now, and he swears it has changed him for the better.
Obviously, many people find stillness in meditation and prayer. At this point, my strongest path is to go into my Akashic Records and open to my inner stillness from there.
And when I need stillness now, while I’m driving, or even in the midst of a meeting, I use HeartMath®’s Quick Coherence® Technique I teach my corporate coaching clients.* With practice, we can use this breathing and emotional shifting tool to take our hearts, brains and nervous systems out of stress and into a state of coherence that fosters stillness. They even have an app and other convenient devices to measure our coherence.
And certainly, there are many other ways to become still. Often though, the biggest challenge is to make the decision and commitment to become our inner stillness every day. Once we do that, techniques to achieve that soul-level calm will find us. Before long, we have accumulated quite a toolkit.
Yet, that decision and commitment are the all-important first steps to freeing ourselves from the chaos and pressure of the outside world.
* HeartMath and The Quick Coherence Technique are registered trademarks of Quantum Intech, Inc.
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