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

1,428 thoughts on “Being Still – With Joy

  1. I am becoming so much more aware of the stillness within me now that I have changed my movements and walk with more presence…. slowly but surely I am observing I can be with this stillness for longer periods and I can feel the joy of just living this… there is nothing for me to do but just be me, so simple yet so very freeing.

  2. There is a depth of absolute delight and joy available by simply appreciating the connection we can have with ourselves. This is the quality we then choose to make our movements in so the delicious-ness is in the imprint we are offering back to humanity. I’m living more and more how this transforms any regular day into an extraordinary day.

  3. ‘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.’ It is as simple as that but still I see myself sabotaging this simplicity and graces it can freak me out how flowing my life can be and yet the only thing I have to ‘do’ is just connecting deeper with this graceful stillness and love inside me and feel the purpose of reflecting it back to the world.

  4. When in connection to our bodies and the beauty that surrounds us we realize that the universe communicates endlessly reminding us of our power and magnificence and not to live anything else than that.

  5. The stillness you describe is palpable and the pelican confirmed it; nature and its symbolism are always there to support us, whether that is by way of confirmation or correction.

  6. Stillness is an uncommon state for most of us living in our busy lives, but it is a quality that brings immense benefit both for our physical and mental health.

  7. I love that through the stillness, you could feel and were able to embrace and have understanding of the choices you and others make and provide a space to observe and allow them to be… the beauty of this is something that should be celebrated and most definitely worth appreciating for the healing it offers in each step you walk with this as your foundation.

  8. Although we live in a body, we tend to wander outside of it. There is nothing like returning to our body and encountering the being through our stillness. This is the first baby step to return home.

  9. mmmm there is a reason I am reading this blog. It being I am currently avoiding my stillness and allowing myself to be all that I am as you were ‘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.’ I can feel though that soon I will be unable to ignore or override this.

  10. It does feel so amazing when connected to my Stillness. However if I don’t appreciate, enjoy or claim it as my baseline, as my normal it’s consistency drops off. Thank you for the reminder Leigh that appreciation is a key for consistency.

  11. Joy in life is very important and gives us the true opportunity to live the love that we are. It is coming from our inner stillness that is inspiring others to be themselves as well we all know how we can live but it takes courage to choose this, as it is often not appreciated to someone truly enjoying life. Which is crazy.

  12. Leigh, this is a beautiful blog to read. The stillness within you can be felt throughout the blog. Letting things be and ceasing the self bashing and need for perfectionism is the recipe for joy to return to life, emanating from sharing our true self with others and appreciating this in full.
    “Self-criticism takes the joy out of living”

  13. Beautiful to re-read your blog Leigh. “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.” Stillness is a much needed quality in the world today. I find Esoteric Yoga a great support with building and reaffirming this, which i can then take out into my day.

  14. “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” – I can very much relate to this right now. I have noticed that when I am anxious or nervous my movement lacks space, there’s harshness and roughness, and what you say makes much sense to me – avoiding feeling vulnerability.

    1. Vulnerability is something that we really don’t want to surrender to and truly feel, as if we do we have to feel that we are not meant to live alone and be fully self sufficient. Instead we will feel the absolute truth of what living in brotherhood is actually about. To live allowing self to be supported by others and to be that same solid support for others. The one thing we all actually want, yet run a mile from as the responsibility of living life this way means there is no time to be anything, but the beauty and grace we are. Even in those moments in life where our world is seemingly being turned upside down. As it is our grace that will allow us to understand it and accept the support of others as we walk through it.

  15. It does make you wonder how many moments during our day that our body has offered little bumps and stop moments that we have moved straight past. The more we live the stillness within we more we hear the body talk.

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