#DailyWritingChallenge Day 74: Stillness


noun. the absence of movement or sound.
The quality or state of being still; quietness; silence; calmness; inactivity.


Still waters, sunlight glistening on the mirror-like surface.

Still air, leaves and flowers stand tall and proud.

Still bodies, humans pausing to take a breath.

Still heads, thoughts settling like the white flakes in a snow dome.

Still hearts, peace expanding through the body.

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“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you”.

Deepak Chopra 

Stillness can be liberating and relaxing, stillness can be oppressive and frustrating.

Stillness can be welcomed, stillness can be feared.

Stillness is a choice we make about how we lead our lives.

My favourite time of day is the early morning, I am an early riser and I love the stillness as the world comes to life, before everyone is awake.

As a teacher I was often the first one in to the building, I enjoyed the stillness – the peace and the solitude of being in my office/ classroom early to get  prepared for the day head – before the crowds entered.

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“There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness and solitude, to introduce you to the secrets of yourself”.

Guy Finley 

I create moments of stillness in my life, pauses in my day, by:

Sitting on a beach and looking out to sea…

Lying in a field and staring at the clouds…

Sinking into a hot bubble bath…

Lounging on my couch listening to music…

Standing and admiring my garden as it blossoms…

Arriving to a destination early and waiting in the car…

Letting my pen flow over a page, or my fingers flow as I blog…

Lying on my bed in the middle of the day…

Going to a meeting early and gathering my thoughts…

Creating space in my diary…

Laying on my Shakti mat and relaxing my muscles into the pins…

Giving myself permission to stop, to pause, to reflect…

“The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy,

they come when the mind is still”.



Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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