“The absence of movement or sound”
Ok, let’s count how many moments of stillness you have experienced in the last two days. Don’t count your sleep time, that doesn’t count! Some of you may have a meditation practice, if so, you understand the beauty and power. In our ever rapid, vibrant society, the spaces of stillness that we experience is becoming less and less. The joy of listening to nothingness is not revered as much.
Being still and listening to nothing is one of my favorite activities. I admit, even I, don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like or should. For me, it’s a calming, nurturing feeling that always brings me joy. Why is that? It is a form of meditation. When you are still and listen to nothingness, you are awed by the sensation of space. Your vision is also amplified with the colors and shapes around you. If do this in nature, it’s almost euphoric. I’ve been fascinated by the concept of Tree Bathing in Japan. Basically, it’s going into the forest or woods and opening your senses and allowing that experience whatever it may be take hold of you.
Tips to experience stillness:
- It’s not a contest, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just find a place that you can be still and observe and listen.
- If your thoughts are getting the best of you, really focus on the sound of nothingness. At times, you may hear the wind, or the birds chirping or the hum of your refrigerator. Just sit with those sounds.
- If you are in nature, don’t have a plan or specific route, let your five senses guide you.
- As you are in stillness, relish the beauty of that moment.
“Life’s most precious moments are not all loud or uproarious. Silence and stillness has its own virtues.” Kilroy J. Oldste
If you are interested in learning more about Tree Bathing, buy the beautiful book called “Forest Bathing” by Dr Qing Li.