Taking Time for Stillness

 

If you’re like I am, you can become so busy with the day-to-days of life that, despite the best of intentions, it can be challenging to find time for stillness and tuning inward. Yet, in our fast-paced society, the need for mindful meditation practices has never been greater. Our electronics provide wonderfully convenient access to information and each other, but can also leave us feeling stressed and overwhelmed at times. When are we integrating all that we are taking in? We all know that constantly feeding the body without proper digestion is not a great idea, yet we treat our minds that way when we don’t allow for assimilation. By consciously shutting away the outside world and tuning deeply within our selves, we both nourish and release, making us better able to handle all that our days can bring forth.

It isn’t easy to incorporate new practices into our lives, but there are many reasons to add some form of daily meditation. Even a short daily meditation is going to make you feel grounded, centered and less reactive throughout your day. Your interactions with others will become more harmonious, you will feel happier, less stressed, and you will have a greater sense of inner peace, as well as a deeper knowledge of who you are.

 

 

 

Still not convinced? Let’s take a quick look at some of the potential health benefits. Did I mention less stress, depression and anxiety? Meditation shifts brain activity from the stress-prone right frontal cortex to the calmer left frontal cortex. That means that there is less brain activity in the amygdale, where the brain processes fear. Goodbye fear, I call your bluff! *wink*You will have better concentration levels, increased blood flow (which also means healthier skin), lower blood pressure, decreased muscle tension, increased serotonin production, enhanced immune system, and better sleep.

 

But, Antonia, I really can’t sit still and just watch my thoughts. Yes, I understand, and do promise that it does get easier. However, there are also many forms of meditation, just like exercise. It’s important to find the best methods that work for you. I really like concentration mediation, such as focusing upon a candle flame or other focal point, to keep one anchored in the present moment. Mindfulness meditations, such as sitting comfortably with a straight spine and focusing upon your breath as it flows in and out, can be a great method for beginners. There are also various methods of movement meditation whereby one becomes deeply aware of one’s activity. Even stopping to look at your watch’s second hand for sixty seconds can bring you more fully into awareness of the moment and decrease stress levels. Let’s make a commitment together to include some form of daily meditation into our lives, dear readers. Please share your experiences with meditation and a commitment you’re willing to make with me.

 

Love and meditative blessings,

Antonia

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16 Comments to "Taking Time for Stillness"

  1. This is so timely, Antonia. Have no idea why this particular fall seems to jam packed full, but you are absolutely right that by taking a bit of time for oneself, to go inward, the outward will be substantially enhanced! Now. Congratulations are in order that your blog posts will now appear on Ode Magazine online! Wonderful news!! Love, Mom xoxo

  2. Antonia says:

    Hi mom,

    Thank you! It has been a very busy Fall, indeed! Productivity ;-)
    Taking time for stillness really does carry through to all we do.

    And, thanks again! I am honoured and thrilled to be syndicated at Ode Magazine online! Wonderful!

    Love you,
    Antonia
    xoxo

  3. Kathlene Carney says:

    Beautiful post Antonia, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for reminding us of meditation’s wonderful benefits.
    And congratulations on the Ode Magazine news!
    Love,
    Kathlene

  4. Antonia says:

    Thank you, Kathlene! Very kind of you, and much appreciated! :-)

    Love,
    Antonia

  5. Hi Antonia,
    I agree that meditation is one of the best ways to relax the body and stay present in the moment. We are way too busy with our lives but we need to find ways to be still and quiet. Easier said than done sometimes but we can do it.

  6. Antonia says:

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks! Yes, it really does make such a difference when we can make time for it. And, that can be challenging. However, I find that a natural flow forms once we get past the initial implementation into our schedules occurs. :-)

  7. pea says:

    Beautiful…like a flower scented breeze…
    I wrote something almost identical on another site and with practically the same image! You are certainly a kindred spirit.
    My favourite line – and there were many, “We all know that constantly feeding the body without proper digestion is not a great idea, yet we treat our minds that way…”

    Now the stuff about the amygdale was new for me – not the general idea but your specifics. Very interesting.
    I almost pity anyone who cannot enjoy watching their own thoughts, it is one of my most favourite pastimes and is extremely nourishing in countless ways, but you have offered a good few other options. The candle is another favourite. It is so easy to drift away or stay in your presence watching a candle.

    How happy am I to have found your gorgeous site and wonderful energy.

  8. Antonia says:

    Thank you so much, Pea! You are so kind!

    I would Love to read your similar post. The picture is one I took of a friend, so it’s especially dear to me. :-)

    Yes, the candle meditation is a favourite of mine, and one I return to often. It offers a myriad of ways to connect, and let go. It sounds as though you are very adept at mindfulness! That’s a multifaceted gift. Good for you!!!

    Likewise on the discovery of each other. Your site is also very beautiful, and I am grateful to connect!

    Love and Blessings,
    Antonia

  9. pea says:

    Wowsa! You took the pic? One impressed Pea. I might have known you were a creative soul. Explains a lot.

  10. Antonia says:

    hehe You are so sweet! Thanks, Pea!!

  11. Hi Antonia,

    Things are pretty hectic currently, so I really appreciated coming across your post today. Even reading the post was relaxing and helped calm my nerves. I’ll definitely be doing some meditation over the weekend.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Bryce

  12. Thank you Antonia,
    I need this. ‘Stillness’ is so important. Quiet mind, reflection are supremely necessary in our lives.
    be good to yourself
    David

  13. Antonia says:

    Thanks, David! It is indeed! Wishing you wonderful still integration. :-)

    Blessings
    Antonia

  14. farouk says:

    you know what Antonia
    i seriously need some silence time
    too much work stress lately
    i will try what you said

  15. Antonia says:

    Hi Bryce,

    What a lovely thing to say! I hope that you have found a way to incorporate meditative practice, and are finding it helpful :-)

  16. Antonia says:

    Hi Farouk,

    Good for you for recognizing it! It really does make a difference, so I hope you find a way to allow it into your schedule. :-)

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