Our lives are shaped by the inside out. Learning to thrive (exhale) and revive (inhale) is part of the spiritual breathwork that we all are invited to do. Be still my soul. Stillness is a practice that restores us. So at the beginning of the year, where there is a push to thrive, let’s steady ourselves inwardly and revive through stillness. Let’s get quiet enough to hear our dreams, desires, longings and remember who we are when we are still from the doing and reorient ourselves just to be.
In his book Anam Cara, John O’Donahue, an Irish poet and philosopher, wrote, “Stillness is vital to the world of the soul. If, as you age, you become more still, you will discover that stillness can be a great companion. The fragments of your life will have time to unify, and the places where your soul-shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal. You will be able to return to yourself. In this stillness, you will engage your soul.”
Returning is not for the faint of heart. Getting in touch with that still inner voice means silencing the external distractions and slaying some inner dragons. The dragons, for me, are the outside voices that I have internalized that don’t belong to me. Putting down the noisy outward self and spending time with our true authentic selves in stillness will evoke a return to love within us.