Learning to embrace the quiet and still moments in life. When was the last time you allowed yourself to be still?
We’re so accustomed to always be pre-occupied with something, to always be reaching for the next big thing, to purchase the next new thing, to make your first 6-figures, to follow your dreams and so on and so forth. It’s like we wear business as a badge of honour. But is that really the ultimate goal? Is that really what we need?
Fall/Autumn is almost upon us and brings with it some of the busiest and fun holidays of the year and I honestly cannot wait for it all as it is my favourite season! However it also begs some quiet because the truth is no matter where in the world you are or what you do for a living, we all crave and long for the quiet, still moments.
Lately I have been intentional about choosing the quiet even when I have a million things on my to-do list or no matter what important thing I have to do that day. Whether it is the quiet of the early mornings or the stillness of the night, I like to take a few moments to be still. I meditate, read, express gratitude and sometimes even mourn disappointments or tough things that may have happened during the week or just celebrate and embrace a victory no matter how big or small.
This practice has seriously helped me embrace a brand new and crazy hectic season that my husband and I are stepping into (more details and a BIG LIFE UPDATE coming soon!) It has also given me the time to just be by myself and fully process through the multitude of emotions that these last few months have brought up.
These quiet and still moments bring clarity and carries a certain sacredness and simplicity that I am learning to embrace.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to work myself into exhaustion or keep my emotions unchecked. I am learning the importance of practicing stillness as well as feeding my soul and not just chasing the next big thing. Oftentimes moments of hardship, pain, loss and grief forces you to pursue a different pace and to re-evaluate our non-negotiables. And that is exactly where I have found myself this season.
It is imperative that we learn to embrace the quiet and stillness as I believe it prepares and propels us forward to our purpose while ensuring our mental health is in check.
So friend, how are you planning to cultivate quiet and still moments in your life this busy season?