Monday, May 14, 2012

Where is the stillness?


In our busy turbulent world (and that is just in our mind!), to experience stillness is a gift.

As Elle Harrison (2011) offers, it allows us to see things as they are, provides space for creativity to emerge and through balancing its relationship with activity, invites us to redefine our productivity1.

Even if you feel like you are on the verge of burn-out like the leaders I was with in Zurich last week, it is worth remembering we can choose to access stillness in any moment.

It can be as simple as bringing attention to your breath, closing your eyes and settling into a deeper and broader awareness.  It can also mean purposefully pausing, reflecting, resting and recharging.

A figure of stillness which serves to give me inspiration is just around the corner from where I live. 

It’s a statue.

Arguably there are few things stiller than a statue.

Here's a poem I wrote in its honour:

Amidst the noise and chaos
There you are
Standing with open arms
Powerful in your presence
Serene in your stillness
Exuding wildness and control
Strength and beauty
Offering and accepting riches
Letting things flow over you
Being still
So very still

It doesn’t matter to you
Whether you are favoured or not
Whether people come to see you or not
Whether there is rain, sun, sleet or snow
You are just there
Being yourself
Being still
So very still

1. Harrison, E. (2011) Wild Courage: A Journey of Transformation for You and Your Business, Watkins Publishing, UK. 

Image: own photo

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