“I have a real problem with stillness. With just stopping and being quiet.”
Gillian Anderson, American actress
A lot of people do. In fact, I believe we all do, at one time or another. I understand what I am encouraging here is very challenging for many, if not for most of us, and much of how successful we are at Stopping depends on our given personality, our inherited traits, and even our metabolism. And our 21st century culture clearly does not promote stillness.
If you find yourself, like Gillian, resisting times of quiet and stillness, rather than giving up, why not try spending your stopping and quiet time while moving ‒ like pacing*, taking a walk, or even possibly biking**.
Moving on the outside while being still within.
Even if you look forward to your stopping time, this can be an enjoyable variation.
As writer Eyen Gardner reminds us, “Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.”
*Pacing: Walking a known, predetermined, or repetitive route (as in a labyrinth); walking to and fro, or circling a quiet room or outdoor space.
**Biking: Maybe at a slow pace and in a quiet place.
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