In my previous post, I described how stillness is not only found in “cross-legged” immobility - I have never quite managed to attain the lotus posture - let alone find it comfortable. Fortunately, stillness is also present in the midst of movement, such as in Tai Chi practice.
In his insightful book, The Art of Stillness, the writer Pico Iyer gives us another non-stationary pathway to stillness. He explains that he had never been drawn to meditate - even with such an inspirational teacher as Leonard Cohen - he found his delight in movement. He even became a travel writer in order to blend work and pleasure. Stillness has more to do with what is going on inside than what is happening outside. With some openness, curiosity - or meandering as Thomas Moore would say - you can find your own pathways to stillness.
"I'm inspired and grateful to hear that you're working so hard to promote a sense of stillness."
Sometimes when I am asked the title of my book, Pathways to Stillness, the response is “oh, I cannot sit still for a moment. What do you mean by stillness”?
Whether you are sitting still in nature or moving fast, the idea is remain in your quiet centre. In Tai Chi they say—move fast but do not rush! Click to read more in my book.
Pathways to Stillness Blog
My Blog is about how you can discover your own Pathways to Stillness, and why that is so valuable to your life. We will explore what it means to lose and regain our sense of “our story” in the midst and aftermath of loss—negative beliefs about aging and how we can make them more positive, and the many benefits reaped by creating a refuge of stillness within.