Wait, the Answers are in Stillness

Simply wait, be quiet, be still. The world will freely offer itself to you. –Franz Kafka

As soon as we wake up, we are on our phones, scrolling through social media, turning on the stream TV. On the way to work we are listening to the radio for road delays, or listening for speed traps on Waze, or even navigating the honking horns of impatient drivers. When the “noise” of life screams at you, you find the answers to your most frustrating problems by sitting in stillness.

It is important to find time in your day or your week to disconnect from life’s distractions. In the quiet, you reconnect with who you are and what you need to be satisfied in this world. The quiet time might be first thing in the morning, before the sunrise. The quiet time might be late in the evening when the family is tucked into bed. You might even find time for stillness while parked in your car before entering the building to work, home, or the grocery store.

The “noise” of life coming from family, friends, co-workers, etc. is constantly sending us messages requiring us to do that or do this. It is extremely hard to make confident, successful life decisions when you are pulled in many directions. So sometimes, you just do you, and sit for a moment.

The first time you sit in stillness, do not expect a big epiphany. Enjoy being present. Breathe in. Breathe out. Give your attention to a favorite photograph. Hold a precious heirloom like a family necklace or bracelet. People watch from inside a window. Appreciate having a moment to do absolutely nothing.

Over time the answers come. Why does that co-worker irritate you so much? How she reminds you of the school yard bully from elementary school. Why do you spend so much in retail therapy buying brand new books? You really want to author your own original tales. Why do you spend so much time always saying “yes” to tedious favors for family, friends, and co-workers? You remember the times when you were alone in the world and wish someone would help you.

Starting today, decide to make time for the healthy habit of sitting in stillness a least once a day or a few times a week. Find the solutions to your most frustrating problems by sitting with the real you.

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