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Posted on Aug 9, 2021 in Being Present, Chi Moments, Connect, Lao Tzu quotes, Mindful Monday, Nature, Qigong, T'ai Chi

Expand into Stillness

Expand into Stillness

I have rewritten this article a few times, mostly because my energy has been really up and down. Which at times, has me second guessing myself.

Please know that I am learning right by your side about all the concepts I share. I am far from a master at any of them, I strive to do my best, some days I do, some days I don’t. [think Netflix and chips] I believe this life is a shared adventure—we are not alone— instead we are learning from one another, side-by-side.

 

I love this concept: Expand into stillness and stillness expands in you. Isn’t that beautiful? Doesn’t it make you want to take some deep breaths and simply feel? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

This has been the focus of my classes lately and my personal practice. It can mean many different things, here are few of mine, feel free to add some of yours in the comment section below.

Expand precious time to simply BE = Breathe & Expand [the challenge is to do it without guilt]

Listen to my intuition, instead of my head therefore creating more trust within. [a daily / hourly continual process]

When stillness expands inside, I have more clarity, creating patience and lifting clouds from my heart.

Stillness for me is being outside: feeling my feet in the grass while practicing Qigong/Tai Chi, especially at Red Butte Gardens where we can hear the waterfall as we take in the vastness of the garden. I love observing the clouds go by, and seeing the aspen leaves move in the wind. Nature to me, is a HUGE way to expand into stillness and recenter my Soul. In autumn, I love to hike and hear the leaves crunch below my feet, while my eyes take in the depth of color in our mountains. Wintertime, after fresh blanket of snow, being the first one to imprint with my snowshoes is amazing—it gives a whole new meaning to “sink and root”. You can also find me creating snow angels, and then lying still and feeling the snow beneath my body. Another simple way to expand into stillness and connect with Mother Nature.

Expanding stillness also reminds me how EVERYTHING is temporary. No matter what is happening in our lives, everything is constantly changing. And reminding me, nothing is good or bad, it simply IS.

Letting go is stillness. It’s a way to expand into the flow of life, instead of gripping and holding on to things we cannot control. [especially other people and the changes in the weather]

I could go on and on—instead—I’ll leave you with a few quotes from Lao Tzu:

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

Gravity is the root of lightness—stillness, the ruler of movement.

If you are depressed you are living in the past
If you are anxious you are living in the future
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

 

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