The Benefits of Being Still
In a culture that values action and constant productivity, being still and resting for many is seen as something we either have to earn (in other words collapse into) or is dismissed as laziness and a waste of time.
In fact, time spent seemingly 'doing nothing' is a valuable contribution not only our health and wellbeing but also to our productivity. In stillness lies our potential. A chance for the body to do what it is designed to do; heal, repair, energise and re-organise and give space for new life force to come through. In stillness, there is so much going on under the surface. Here also lies the fresh perspectives that don't get space when we are busy running around on auto pilot, the innovative ideas that don't get heard because life is too dam noisy! The whispers that will guide you to a life that is healthy, fulfilling and happy.
Often what we call relaxing is a state of collapse in our busy modern day lives, a state that is more often than not a confusing mix of exhaustion and agitation as our bodies work hard to recuperate and our minds refuse to switch off. When our minds are busy, our bodies stay on the alert making relaxation impossible. In our fast paced modern day lives we take in more information in a day than a person in the middle ages would take in in a lifetime. No wonder sleep and deep rest are the last things available to us at the end of an action packed day!
Learning to clear our busy thoughts by bringing ourselves fully into the present moment is integral to our mental physical well being and the ancient practice of meditation is a way to guide us to do just that.
And taking this time each day, even just for five minutes with a clear intention to clear out and to nourish your mind and body can be the difference between collapsing vs relaxing and a state of deep, nourishing rest and space.
Meditation is easy to do and a short time spent in meditation gives us so many benefits. It has been shown to have a huge improvement on physical and mental health; lowering blood pressure, reducing chronic pain, lifting depression, improving sleep. However, a meditation practice is just that, a practice. When we regularly practice we create and hardwire in new healthy habits and behaviours that serve us. And in time, the ability to honour this time for sacred stillness, relaxation and nourishment becomes habitual.
The benefits of a practice can be felt in much less time than you might think. In fact, a study by neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza showed that in just 4 days of a regular meditation practice, the benefits can already be measured. And did you know, it takes 21 days of repetition to create a new habit?
So what are you waiting for? Put this into practice yourself OR there's still time to join us for our 21 Day Meditation Experiment! Join us as we practice a short meditation together each day for 21 days. This experiment is an opportunity to harness the power of the winter season and the deep stillness and nourishment that will give you the clarity and energy to support you throughout the rest of the year. Give your intentions and goals staying power in 2022 and give your mind, body and spirit the deep nourishment it needs to thrive! The experiment is happening as a bonus program within our membership which is open for just 3 more days so join us to access not only this but everything our membership has to offer.
"What we now know empirically is that no matter how much time you put in, just like exercise, meditation is a practice—the more you do it, the better you get at it, and just as if you were training to get in shape, ten minutes is better than no minutes. So why not grow your brain so that you have more of the very raw materials in your brain to create, invent, dream, learn, remember, and improve your mind and awareness?" - Dr Joe Dispenza