Being Still – With Joy

A couple of weeks ago I had a moment where the love that I am, and the love that is around us all, felt very present. In this moment there was a strong sense in me to ‘Be Still’.

So for the past couple of weeks I have been practising just this. Stilling myself whenever my head begins to wander away from the moment that I am in, I gently return to my body and make the very clear choice to be still with it.

I’ve noticed since making the clear choice to practise my stillness that whenever I am racing ahead and don’t pull myself up, something little happens to bring me back to my stillness. For example, I bump my hip, or I get a splinter when putting wood on the fire.

The other day I had a flower that landed on the bonnet of my car – it was fully open and simply there: what a gift this was as it was right at a moment where a little doubt was playing with me and I wasn’t being very still. For some time I have been connecting to the beauty of nature and how it can and does interact with us, and this moment was one of those moments that confirmed deeply for me that doubt was not warranted. By choosing to be still again, I could feel the appreciation and deep love of myself that was there to be nurtured.

Whilst living this stillness has been super supportive, I began to realise that I had not been fully enjoying my days. I pondered on this and felt that choosing to be still gave me the opportunity to become aware of how vulnerable I had been feeling as a woman. To avoid feeling this vulnerability I found I was trying to manipulate and control everything; a constant anxiety was with me as I was not allowing myself to live the joyfulness that I know I am.

With this understanding I decided to enjoy my day, my self, the tenderness that I am and my stillness in full.

That day, my drive into town was exquisite. I felt fully connected to the world and to nature during my drive, and could see and feel with such clarity. I felt strongly that my place in the world is equally as beautiful and graceful, as was the awesome nature that I was driving through.

I had many places to go to in town and much to do, yet everywhere I went, from the mechanic’s to the grocery store, I found myself observing and enjoying many beautiful moments of tenderness with people. One moment/observation in particular touched me deeply: this was to see and feel the tenderness and grace with which a man placed his trolley back into the trolley bay. In the moment that I observed this I could feel the true power of living my stillness joyfully. By choosing to simply enjoy my day I was supporting another to choose to live the tenderness that they equally have within. Every part of the day flowed with such simplicity and grace.

Driving home I was reflecting on the beauty of having lived my day with such joy, and how natural it is to live this way. As I was feeling this, I looked up while stopped at a set of traffic lights and saw a pelican flying around and around in anti-clockwise circles. As I watched the pelican, I felt so clearly that everything in life is just fine the way it is, knowing that love is all around me, nature supports and holds me and that my way of being that day is my true way of living.

I could feel this so strongly and when I had a moment of criticism for myself for not having lived this way before, I was able to let these thoughts go. Self-criticism takes the joy out of living; the pelican and nature were a confirmation for me that life is to be enjoyed.

This experience has shown me that stillness is so very much needed, but to live this in full means to take one further step and to fully enjoy taking my stillness with me to everyone I meet, be that a friend, a relative, or a stranger in the street. By simply enjoying my day I found myself more aware of what was going on for others. More than ever before I could clearly feel the choices being made by others, but even more beautiful, I had a clear understanding of why these choices had been made and with this I could simply allow them to be.

Simply enjoying my stillness, my self, and my day felt absolutely divine and true. Living my appreciation in full has shown me deeply that I am to be celebrated and appreciated and even more so, that I have a purpose in the world. People around me felt my presence, and God and nature confirmed it. The understanding specifically for me was “Walking, fully of JOY and GRACE each day, is all that is needed.”

My deepest appreciation goes to Serge Benhayon and the Esoteric practitioners who have supported me over the past few years. Their dedication to truth and love is unshakeable, igniting within myself the very same unshakeable love.

By Leigh Strack  

Related Reading:
Stillness
Anxiousness, Stillness, God and Me
The Illusion of Happiness – Finding the Joy Within

1,533 thoughts on “Being Still – With Joy

  1. ‘Self-criticism takes the joy out of living.’ Yes to this, and self-criticism not only takes away the connection to our stillness and our body, it also keeps us in protection and makes it harder to let other people in.

  2. The connection we can feel with the world when we start with ourselves is very powerful. Rather than run away and feel disempowered by the unpleasantness we see, hear and feel, we start to realise we have a part to play in it and can step into our lives more fully to be the change we want to see.

  3. “To avoid feeling this vulnerability I found I was trying to manipulate and control everything; a constant anxiety was with me as I was not allowing myself to live the joyfulness that I know I am.” – Reading these words this morning was like a healing session for me Leigh, as it was a topic that just came to light for me with the help of my partner last night, and now I can see more clearly the relationship between my need to control situations and other people and avoiding the vulnerability and joy that I know I am.

  4. I have a great experience of stillness at Frankfurt airport a couple of weeks ago. It is a really busy airport with zillions of people rushing around and many quite anxious to make their flights whilst walking kilometres to find their gates. I was walking at a reasonable speed and pushing two big bags on wheels and yet felt myself in this beautiful and joyful bubble of stillness and presence amongst the chaos.

  5. “Simply enjoying my stillness, my self, and my day felt absolutely divine and true” . . . This is beautiful Leigh. In fact, what more would one truly want?

  6. What a great understanding to come to Leigh . . “Walking, fully of JOY and GRACE each day, is all that is needed.” . . .and what more would one need?

  7. Stillness is very deep – we can keep evolving and still coming back to stillness helps to further evolve.

  8. When we create space to reflect on how our day has been and how we have been in it, it’s like pressing pause to check in and review what we’ve been choosing: to not just continue do things because we’ve always done them, but review: what’s working, what feels true for us now and what doesn’t. I love how focusing on enjoying our day to the max actually makes us more open and understanding of others. When we’re full of joy instead of judgement then our day and life is a reflection of that, back to us.

  9. I find over talking or thinking I have many issues, or getting way to serious about stuff takes me out of stillness and I disconnect from the joy and love all around me.

  10. I reckon that the more commitment is made towards having stillness in ones life, the more it will be obvious when it is not there. Or to put this another way, when stillness is in the beginnings of the way we move its absence is dearly felt when we choose another way.

  11. Thanks Leigh for sharing so beautifully what you are living by choosing to be still. Every word touches my heart and shows me how simple can be walking from our presence in life.

  12. Nature is a great reflection of stillness and is always there as a reminder of who we are and where we are from. It doesn’t go into the drama of life, it simply holds itself and offers us a reflection to bring us back, out of the belly of the tornado of emotions we have allowed ourselves to get sucked into.

  13. Love this sense of all of you actually being in the right place at the right time – ie here and now. It is such a simple concept, and yet we make it so hard. There is so much love that can be found in our stillness, to be shared with others from where we are right now.

  14. I love the appreciation that just oozes from this wonderfully light and inspirational blog. I know that some days I feel this love, joy and stillness everywhere and some days I don’t. I tend to tell myself that this is because some days it is there and other days it has gone away somewhere but I reckon what is closer to the truth is that it is always there and it is just that some days I am allowing myself to feel it and connect with it and some days I am not allowing it. So it is very much in how we are with ourselves no matter what is happening around us.

  15. ‘Self-criticism takes the joy out of living;’ I totally agree Leigh, as self-criticism is a construct of the heartless mind and indicates that we are not fully present in our body and therefore cannot be in connection with the stillness and joy which resides within it.

    1. I agree Elizabeth that self judgement and self criticism definitely kills off any joy and it makes us feel smaller and isolated, rather than fully understanding the energetic forces that may be at play.

      1. Another thing self criticism does is it cuts off the natural connection we have with the pull of our future. We can never know exactly what our future will look like, but we can feel a grandness there to be stepped into, a feeling that is palpable and real when we allow the beauty and steadiness of our essence to simply be inside our body.

  16. ‘By simply enjoying my day I found myself more aware of what was going on for others. More than ever before I could clearly feel the choices being made by others, but even more beautiful, I had a clear understanding of why these choices had been made and with this I could simply allow them to be’. The healing power of love holds everyone where ever they are at with no judgement and this is felt.

  17. I like that you actively noted your mind kept wandering off and you put something into place to correct this. I know my mind wanders off a lot but I kind of just let it happen and continue on like it didn’t happen – still knowing that a thought or energy could have entered me in that moment that will later completely throw me off track. I like your approach and I’m definitely going to try it out this week.

    1. I still use this awareness to bring me back, the moment the choice to be still is made, the beauty of the body in which I live is felt. The care, support, love and grace that it holds (this is a forever deepening experience) is felt and the falseness of the mind working by itself is exposed.

      1. Yeh the thing is – is that if we don’t bring the mind to a halt it will sooner if not later lead us astray, whereas the body has a much more immediate honesty.

  18. We don’t have to do much to be in joy, just be in stillness and feeling ourselves and meeting others with this in life. This is so opposite the current held belief that to be joyful or ‘happy’ we have to do things, yet the opposite is true – we just have to be and the rest will follow.

    1. To live in this way we have to be prepared to “metaphorically” jump off the edge of the cliff. To stop living with forced joy to keep our lives how they are, and to begin to honour our unique essence and that the world loses out if we don’t again begin to live it, even if it turns our world upside down.

  19. Stillness is harmony in motion, it is a graceful movement that creates space wherever it goes. The joy is the confirmation of the space that is stillness . . . and the space is the intelligence of God.

    1. So beautifully said Kathleen. Any moment we choose to be still, present and whole in our bodies, we are in space, in the all and can feel the all. There is no resistance. Simply acceptance and understanding. A knowing that encompasses everything that we consciously feel, an honesty then arises to ponder on the things we don’t like to feel. Space is forever holding us in the knowing of what we really are and what we will one day again fully choose to be.

    2. After an early morning esoteric yoga session on Sunday morning, I could feel afterwards how much I surrendered into my stillness and throughout my day I felt this ‘harmony in motion’, and others did too. I spent the day with my mother and what I could feel was that being in my stillness and all the space that this allowed, pulled her up, so that we were both connecting and communicating in the same space of stillness. We had such an ordinary yet extraordinary day.

  20. “Self criticism takes the joy out of living,” so true Leigh, when I am not feeling joyful I only have to look at what my thoughts are telling me.Thank you for a beautiful sharing about feeling the joy of stillness in your body, and the reflection that offers to others.

  21. ‘People around me felt my presence, and God and nature confirmed it.’ Spot on Leigh, the reflection we offer others is so inspiring when we are in connection to our stillness.

  22. Discovering the qualities of stillness has been a bit like learning a new ‘language’, the forgotten/forsaken language of the our senses, the true communication from the body only even spoken in absolute love.

    1. Well said Sandra,
      Stillness does seem to be forgotten in the activity of life. Yet it is the one activity that will bring joy back to life, so is it time to reconnect and surrender to the grace and beauty that stillness brings to all of our activities.

      1. Yes connecting to our stillness is a connection to our innate joy, loveliness, beauty and grace. Why wouldn’t we claim all we are already?

  23. Remembering to bring a lightness and an openness to the magic of nature and the universe is so important. We are not here to manage our lives, to just survive, we are here to live, to bring all of us to the world. Stillness and fun is what will invite the much-needed shift that humanity is crying out for.

    1. Fun today is a word that holds many meanings for many people. What one would term as fun another may think is the most horrible experience ever. The pressure on all of us to ‘have fun’ in our lives is so huge that when we aren’t doing the thing that we deem as fun that we are somehow failing. Could this be a huge part in the high level of mental illnesses? Could our perception be skewed? Is what we are missing in our life the simple pleasure of enjoying ourselves and our bodies in every activity we choose to do?

      1. Fun does have many meanings, depending who you talk to but the fun I speak of is not taking life so seriously, I honestly think one of the causes of mental illness is trying too hard, in that trying, we forget to enjoy anything. That trying can include trying to have fun. Lately I have just let go and have allowed myself to be free, to observe things, to know that it is not up to me to do everything and that if I leave space, it might be just the right amount of room for another person to step in to fill the gap. Fun is remembering to make jokes, remembering that life is what we make it, that we come back over and over and that it is about letting our muscles go and that no matter how “good” you right we think we are, it is about being true above all else, and truth is not attached to an outcome.

      2. Ah I know what fun you’re talking of, it reminds me of when I was a young girl. Fun was being in the moment not putting pressure on self, just playing and feeling my body walking, skipping or sitting talking.

  24. It’s incredible when we live this way and feel how simple life truly is. Every moment is a choice to move closer to this being our every day.

  25. Thanks Leigh for the confirmation of being joy in every way through our day. Today is a day for me to bring joy out to breathe, move and even play along with all of me and everyone I’m with.

  26. Having to come to understand what stillness is and that it is an innate part of me I can see so clearly that if I try to “manipulate and control everything” I am no longer connected to this joyful way of being. In fact, I am setting myself up for complication and disconnection to myself, my beautiful self. Whereas if I step aside and allow my life to simply unfold there is no room for complication just a place where stillness and simplicity live in graceful harmony.

    1. You are so right Ingrid, that the control and manipulation cannot be present with stillness, because in the stillness there is a connection to the all we are from and there is a feeling of knowing what needs to be done or said in any moment. It is not passive, the stillness is incredibly active and again, nature is the best reflection and example we can be offered.

  27. There is beauty in every word – I can tell, because stillness is felt within the words spoken when they are breathed forward. No matter how far the depth goes… The blessing is us being still with the absolute stillness that is in our body when we allow ourselves to breathe our own breath from this still inner place.

  28. Sometimes when I am being still, something might happen that feels disturbing to what I am feeling, and I see that as something that threatens/ruins my stillness, I am in reaction and I am no longer still. I realise how that is not really true stillness. The moment I think I own it and I can hold it to myself, it’s gone. Stillness is totally gorgeous to be in, and I may not experience it all the time, but it is actually within me, at all times, and in everyone else, at all times. No big deal. It is our true essence. It is ordinary. Joy is in reflecting and sharing this quality mutually.

    1. Stillness really is ‘no big deal.’ What is to be so deeply appreciated here though is the very practical aspect of the willingness of a person to commit to settling in the body to feel it, then to choose to return to it regularly, until the beauty and grace of our essence is what is lived in how we conduct our life.

  29. Today I felt to read this article that I wrote some time ago and have reminded myself of the power of choosing to be still and allow the joy that is naturally there to expand from within. When I do, I cannot but help share it with the world as it is no longer something that I consciously choose, but has become an innate part of who I am.

  30. It is really something just how much fun and joy we can have in each moment when we are connected to ourselves and our stillness and how much space opens up.

    1. There is a trust in self that I feel that allows the space to open, for it is no longer filled with doubts and the bevy of behaviors that doubt causes. In trust there is again a simplicity, that allows for the space for even more.

  31. A beautiful self-appreciation Leigh, when we keep choosing to gently connect to our body it deepens our awareness and ability to surrender to the stillness within us. We naturally feel joyful when we are expressing from the truth of who we are.

  32. Thank you Leigh gorgeous to read. Today whilst out walking, I noticed my step had a different quality to it, steady it was but also light with a sing song feel to it as I walked. I loved the new flavour and began to enjoy and appreciate what was happening.

  33. This is a beautiful sharing Leigh on the power of stillness, the Esoteric Yoga Modality has been key for me to discover how deeply healing and precious it is when we can connect to our own stillness.

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