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Even in stillness, there is movement
An essay on doing nothing
We’ve become accustomed to being in a world where “make it happen” has become our philosophy for living a life that feels successful. We often find ourselves constantly doing something or the other as if we have to reach this particular place before anyone else does. I think we often consider stillness as weak or even a waste of time. We often overlook a blissful peace that stillness often carries with it. We often overlook the kind of clarity that stillness brings and the kind of energy it brings to our lives.
When something doesn’t happen the way, I think in my life I often find myself doing something or the other. I often find myself trying to hold on to it too tight, not realizing at that moment that it will slip away from me. I feel that my anxiety hits the roof and I think that by doing something or the other, by taking some action, I can somehow make it happen and diffuse the anxiety but the opposite happens. I feel exhausted and even more tense and anxious.
Weirdly each time I’m in this rush of ‘let’s make it happen’, I find messages and notes that ask me to appreciate stillness. Do nothing. Stay calm. Appreciate being stoic. Naturally, because I’m in this rush, I overlook the messages. Until I have no option but to stay still.
I never really understood how there could be any kind of change and movement if I was going to stay still. I always felt that I should be doing something. Take some action.
My anxiety reduced - But staying still and just calming down made me realize that I was less anxious than usual. I also see the benefit in staying less anxious, it allowed me to come to terms with all that I wanted to control but it wasn’t in my control. It also made me question a lot about my faith and the kind of trust I have in my life. Since I do in fact believe in miracles and the universe, I felt that my faith required work. The more stillness I practiced, the calmer I felt and I let go of the strong grip that I had on my life.
I felt happier - It also brought about a change in my happiness. I felt a massive shift in the energy and it allowed me to not only be grateful for but also do more of what actually made me happy. It opened up a lot of possibilities in a way, especially with the things that bring me joy that I had for some reason stopped including in my life.
There was hope - Being still kind of brought back hope in my life. This is really surprising because I always felt that to bring back hope or to feel hopeful, I need to be doing something or the other and take some action. But surprisingly, staying calm and still, brought back hope and I could see possibilities in a way that I couldn’t when I was in the midst of the storm.
I’m someone who believes in the power of the universe and sometimes when we get anxious or afraid when we’re supposed to stay calm and not do much, we can get in the way of the universe. We can get in the way of our own miracles. What I’ve felt that to accept in the moment that maybe the best thing to do is not do anything, things start to unfold and work.
We’re usually afraid that letting go would mean that what we wish for won’t come true, that we need to let go of what we desire but, what we let go of is our anxiety and negative thoughts and feelings. What we do is give the universe and the power you believe in to be able to work its magic in a way that is for your highest good.
In case you’re dealing with something that makes you want to do something about it, try to stay still for a while and see how that works for you. You can always go back to taking action but for a while give yourself a little time to breathe allow things to unfold and allow the universe to work its magic.
Your dreams are still yours and what is yours will always find you and will stay in your life. What is yours will never miss you.
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