Building Stillness in 5 Small Steps

As I learn more about Carmelite spirituality and mental prayer, the need for stillness impresses upon my soul.  The Lord beckons me closer.  Here are 5 small steps to help build this skill.

  1. Prayer: This involves turning your attention to God and communicating with him. By quieting your mind and heart, you can create a space for God to speak to you and for you to listen to his voice.
  2. Meditation: This involves sitting quietly and focusing on your breath or a particular word or phrase. The goal is to clear your mind of distracting thoughts and focus your attention on the present moment.
  3. Mindfulness: This involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. By being fully present in the moment, you can cultivate a sense of inner peace and calm.
  4. Nature walks: Taking a walk in nature can be a great way to practice stillness. As you walk, focus on the sights, sounds, and sensations around you, and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.
  5. Digital detox: Take a break from screens and technology for a set period of time each day or week. This can help to reduce distractions and create more space for stillness and introspection.

Remember, the practice of stillness is a skill that takes time and patience to develop. Start with small steps and gradually work your way up to longer periods of practice. I particularly like the idea of setting a digital detox for a period of time.  I am considering setting a digital detox from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.  

How are you going to build more stillness into your day?

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