The Knox congregation discussed being still over Zoom . It was an interesting follow-up to Rev. Richard’s sermon — why is it important to be still? What are some ways you know of to be still or mindful throughout the day? The congregation had many good ideas to share, which you’ll find posted below. What do you do during your day to be still?
- Listening to beautiful music.
- Walking in nature.
- Looking at pictures of nature can take you back to those still moments when the photo was taken
- Reading books. Recommendations included the Bible, or Beauty and Annam Cara by John O’Donohue. Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep by Kathryn Nicolai is another great book for calming the mind. It’s also available by podcast.
- Speaking of technology, another way to be still is by using apps for your smart phone. Setting reminders for taking time to be still is very effective. Another is to use apps such as Calm app. Telus cable also offers a Calm channel, which is full of useful videos to guide meditation, calm anxious feelings, etc.
- Prayer and meditation is a popular choice, but it can be tricky in the beginning to still your mind. One recommendation included practicing meditation by starting for a period of one minute, then building up to a longer period over the course of several weeks.
- Pausing to breathe deeply throughout the day is an excellent way to be still. Simply stopping every activity, then breathing in slowly and deeply, followed by a slow, steady exhale can help to calm the mind or even prepare to switch tasks. Breathe in and out in this manner, 3 to 5 cycles. It delivers oxygen to the brain, and helps to create calm and focus.
We would love to hear how you practice stillness -let us know via Let’s Talk .