"Pamela has composed one of the loveliest writing-to-heal books for people living with cancer that could be imagined."
-John Fox, CPT;
for Poetic Medicine
“Stillness feels like knots of static straightening out —releasing, smoothing, flowing on and on . . . carrying me, resting me, loving me!”
The breath is portable. This is both obvious and a surprise.
Obvious because you are always breathing. A surprise because you could be using the breath to: calm yourself, relax, protect yourself from chaos. You could use the breath to experience stillness. To take yourself on vacation everyday.
Even if you don’t want to get away, following the breath will help you to stay present and to respond from a calmer, wiser, more creative place.
But how? How do you take this place into your life?
You take it by practice. A little at a time. You will be practicing stillness, too as they come together.
Start with 3 minutes (or more if you have a practice already) of following the breath In and Out.
You can say to yourself “In” on the in breath and “Out” on the out breath. Notice that after you do this for however long you decide, you feel more “still” inside.
A Maine artist, Joy Vaughan, has created an installation, that seems a physical representation of this stillness (picture below). The outside is covered with a great accumulation of her “to do” lists. The inside has several images and writings of her favorite dreams, for her the night’s version of the Stillness.
So what will you do with your next batch of “to do” lists to come your way?
To be continued….