In our busy turbulent world (and that is just in our mind!), to consciously experience stillness is a gift.
As Elle Harrison (2011) offers, stillness allows us to see things as they are. It provides space for creativity to emerge and through balancing its relationship with activity, invites us to redefine our productivity.
With Coronavirus we are facing a situation we haven’t witnessed before. And we are needing to be responsive and flexible. Health services were stretched and people were facing burn-out even before it happened. Even in this situation, and particularly in this situation, it is worth remembering we can choose to access stillness in any moment.
It can be as simple as bringing attention to your breath. Honouring that. Closing your eyes and settling into a deeper and broader awareness. On a coaching call today with a stressed executive, I invited him to do just that. To access what was already calm and still. And it can also include purposeful pausing, reflecting, resting and recharging. And even doing this all together in a virtual team meeting.
A figure of stillness which served to give me inspiration and still does, is a statue. You may recognise it.
Here’s my poem in its honour.
Amidst the noise and chaos
There you are
Standing with open arms
Witnessing it all
Powerful in your presence
Serene in your stillness
Exuding wildness and control
Strength and beauty
Offering and accepting riches
Letting things flow over you
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, wind or sleet
You are just there
So very still
- Harrison, E. (2011) Wild Courage: A Journey of Transformation for You and Your Business, Watkins Publishing, UK
- Photo by Leo Nordén on Unsplash