Stillness by Kathy Norwood

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Stillness on the Go

Inner ease on the run, an active calm—power and poise amidst accelerated times—feels like a paradox, doesn’t it? How capable are we of developing a state of BEINGNESS, maintaining a stillness and calm amidst the storm? Dissonance within our mind, emotions, and body—an aggression of sorts—can feel very unsettling. In this state, we are not our best selves and the things we might say or the choices we might make often result in unpleasant consequences. 

Nature, one of our Master teachers, can teach us much if we pause and ponder. Consider the attributes of a hummingbird. They can dive at speeds of 60mph with the ability to stop immediately in thin air and hover—being in the moment and enjoying life’s treasures. Scientists teach that the intelligence of a hummingbird is astounding, memorizing every flower, knowing the length of time before they can return to drink from its nectar. They fly in freedom—upward, downward, backward, forward—moving with ease and fluidity.  Hummingbirds are associated with concepts such as awakening, freedom, lightness of spirit, adaptability, tirelessness, hope, joy, and the ability to be present. They embrace life in an appreciative way, drawn to the smallest of wonders. 

Based on years of research, scientists at HeartMath® have developed several techniques that can be practiced amid our busy days. Enhancing an inner state of ease (stillness) allows us to navigate more smoothly through our daily rhythms and routines. As we breath and come into a state of coherence—mind, body, emotions, and spirit balanced and in alignment—we are in our best selves, better able to access our heart intelligence—allowing deeper discernment and wiser choices to be made. “Ease is a higher vibrational gift from the intelligence of our heart.” (Childre, pg. 188).

Inner Ease™ Technique

Inner ease—an aspect of stillness, is not a sleepy-headed state. Rather, it is a regenerative state in which you are more alert, with mind and emotions in a balanced rhythm. You are better able to function in your best self. We do not have to slow down our physical pace and we can learn to practice the technique on the go. EMTs, firefighters, the military, front-line workers, educators, students, and others are learning to practice these techniques on the run.

Heart Focused™ Breathing (see )

  • Step1: Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual. (Suggestion, inhale 5 seconds, exhale 54 seconds (or whatever rhythm is comfortable). 

Draw in the Feeling of Inner Ease

  • Step 2: With each breath, draw in the feeling of inner ese to balance your mental and emotional energy.

Anchor and Maintain the Feeling

  • Step 3: Set a meaningful intent to anchor the feeling of inner ease as you engage in your projects, challenges, or daily interactions.

Taking a moment to pause during our busy days to cultivate a state of ease will help to anchor our heart in stillness. With practice it can become our natural default system—resilient and operating with full power and poise.

Childre, D., Martin, H., Rozman, D., & McCraty, R. (2016). Heart intelligence: Connecting with the intuitive guidance of the heart. Waterfront Press. 

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animalmeanings/birds/hummingbird-symbolism-meaning/ (retrieved 4/18/21)

https://www.heartmath.org/ (retrieved 4/18/21)

Articles by: Kathy Norwood

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