31 Days of Gratitude – Day 17

Day 17: I am grateful for stillness.

This morning, I meditated. I still feel calmer, more grounded. It has been awhile since I have actually sat myself down with the intention to be still. Every time I do so, I feel more at peace. You would think I would do this more often! So, I began to wonder, what might be holding me back?

The intention of stillness is a call for the deepest part of us to emerge. Some of us call this our Divine Self. Others may name this our Soul, or the very core of Who We Are. It is the place of Being, not of Doing. I wonder if so many of us reject stillness (me included) because we are afraid to be in touch with that part of ourselves? It is as Marianne Williamson so powerfully put it: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” I love this message.

The practice of stillness takes time. It is a change in habit, and as humans, we crave and resist change simultaneously, making habit-changing quite the challenge and adventure. The most challenging habit of all, I believe, is to live from that core of who we are. The essence of ourselves that is found in stillness. The way of being that we crave the most.

I am grateful for stillness, because it is the gateway to who I truly am.