Today I am exploring the question “What makes me come alive?” as part of the Skinny Dip Society blog tour curated by the beautiful Katie Den Ouden, where 20 women come together to share how they awaken their most wild, free and alive self.
I decided to dive deep in to this question, and as I did, I realised I feel the most wild, free and completely alive when I am present, deeply connected to my inner self and fully embodying my expansive, soulful essence.
It is not when I am striving, running errands, pushing through my to do list or keeping myself busy with goodness knows what. But when I let all that go. In the moments where I can simply be.
Rather, I feel alive when I can sidestep my mind and drop below it’s incessant chatter. When I connect with that deep pool of serenity within. When I create enough space for my wild, free, playful self to be heard and felt. That is where life becomes delicious.
Why Stillness Makes Me Come Alive
In the new home that I recently moved into I have a big beautiful balcony with floor to ceiling doors that expand the full width of the balcony. Some days, I sit on my couch with those doors wide open, looking outside in to the sky.
I have a movie theatre of nature.
The other day I sat for 3 hours – yes 3 hours, just watching the clouds. I watched them float across the sky at various speeds, changing shapes as they went and deepening in colour as the afternoon wore on. I could hear my mind chattering away at me, telling me that there were things to be done. But I felt so content in that moment that I could not bring myself to get up.
As I sat there watching the changing sky, I noticed my whole body soften and sink deeper in to the couch. I felt myself let go, as pockets of tension were gently released. I noticed my cheeks begin to glow with a light warmth and I could not help but smile at the beauty of what I was witnessing.
To me, this is being alive. This is freedom. This is bliss.
It is the moments where we let ourselves just be, that we create the inner space that allows us to drop deeper within ourselves, and drop deeper within this moment. Life leaps into another dimension. There is a profound reverence for the tiniest of details that you would otherwise skip over.
These are literally my happiest moments because it is in these moments that I am able to reconnect with myself, my inner bering and the energy of my spirit that is ever present within me. It becomes a tangible and palpable presence that I can literally taste. It is so close.
In those moments I can sidestep my mind and transcend whatever storyline is unfolding in my world. The drama’s, happenings and challenges around me cease to make the same impact. My inner world is not ruffled by their presence. Rather I have the ability to watch them, see them, observe them and then either let them go, or respond in a conscious and productive way.
In the pursuit to live a big, glamorous life it can be incredibly easy to sweep over the one most precious gift that is sitting within, and which is actually the essence of everything you seek.
I can run through my life at a million miles an hour and forget that it is there, but all it takes is a moment of stillness to remember again. That is how I reconnect.
The Many Doorways To Stillness
Stillness is not to be mistaken for doing nothing, but rather it is the inner stillness that is important. That inner spaciousness. That lightness. That depth. A connection to feeling, to sensation and to the moment.
Stillness is the freedom from the frenetic chatter of the mind. It is the space that is created in it’s absence. And from this space, naturally rises bliss. It cannot be helped. Bliss is an inevitable by-product of reconnecting with your true essence.
There are many doorways to stillness. Creating this beautiful inner space and deep connection to your inner presence is not something that requires hours of meditation. You can find your entry point through anything that allows you to sidestep your mind. Anything that takes your breath away and causes you to pause and stop in reverence to take it all in. Something that brings you so much joy that you cannot get a whiff of worry.
Here are what drops me in to that space.
My Doorways To Stillness
1. Painting: I become so present to the process and the creative energy moving through me that everything else falls away.
2. Writing: I love it when I just hold my pen above the page, or fingers above the keyboard and the words write just themselves.
3. Dance: I let the energy that stirs within me guide my body to move to the beat of the music.
4. Nature: It’s pure and perfect beauty stops me in my tracks and washes the thoughts from my mind.
5. Speaking: When I completely surrender to the message that wants to be shared and I let the words speak through me.
6. Love: Being so overcome with the emotion of love swelling within me, that I cannot think.
7. Meditation: Drawing my attention deep within me, feeling my breath and taking my consciousness higher.
8. Yoga: That deep stretch and balance of poses that cause an all encompassing connection to the feeling of the body.
9. Gratitude: The moment I drop into my heart and tune my focus to the immense beauty that surrounds me and the gifts I have in my life, I feel my whole body settle and my mind become soft and spacious.
What Are Your Doorways?
+ What helps you drop into that deep pool of silence within?
+ What quietens your mind and allows you to feel?
+ What moves you so deeply that you feel your heart crack open?
+ What inspires you so strongly that it consumes every inch of your being?
+ Where do you find such profound beauty that it overcomes you?
+ What do you lose yourself in to the extent that time passes without you even knowing?
+ When do you experience that deep sigh-of-relief feeling of letting go and release?
+ What engrosses your attention so fully that there is no room for anything else?
+ Where do you feel the most surrendered?
+ What allows you to fly freely above the limitations of your rational mind?
+ What brings you so much joy that you feel love beaming out of your cheeks?
+ What helps you feel still?
+ When do you feel most connected to the palpable presence of your inner being?
What is your doorway to stillness? What allows you to sidestep your mind and drop into serenity, bliss, joy and peace? Share with me in the comments below.
This post also forms part of a series of posts I am writing on the power of laying strong inner foundations. Stillness forms one of the key 7 core practices I am working on. Read more about my inner foundation practises here.