Are we comfortable sitting alone with ourselves? Can we be still and just breathe? For a minute? Two, ten or thirty minutes? Can we endure the silence of hearing our own heart beat…and nothing else?
Giving how busy we have learnt to be in our daily lives, it can be quite inconvenient to choose a moment to silence our thoughts and just be calm. Our minds always would worry, our brains wants to process issues, and our hands will find ways to either make or break things. From sunrise till sunset, we are like the working clock. If we had any spare time, we’d rather head over to social media or settle down to a movie or go out with friends. Even though we maybe very tired, we say we use these things to ‘relax.’ But the reality is we are too used to being occupied we can’t do with being occupied. Sadly, when we make to rest/sleep, we often find ourselves busy brainstorming, analyzing, worrying, hurting, planning, and so on (before the power of sleep eventually overcomes.) Right? But how about sitting still, shutting our eyes and just breathing? Not trying to think or worry about anything but just letting those thoughts that bother us consciously slip by as we take time to be aware of our being only? What about it?
Maybe because it is uncomfortable.
Distractions are bliss. They help us procrastinate getting to hold ourselves from the inside and sinking into who we really are on a deeper level—an experience that can only come from sitting with ourselves in silence, free of the hustle and bustle of this facepaced society, consciously shielded from its noise.
Solitude has fast become a concept strange to humankind. Yet, it is very much a gift in and of itself if we see it as such.
Again, I ask. Are we comfortable sitting alone with ourselves? Can we be still and just breathe? For a minute? Two, ten or thirty minutes? Can we endure the silence of hearing our own heart beat…and nothing else?
I have been learning to. And it has been rewarding. I hope sometime this new week, you’ll find yourself a quiet place. I hope that you’ll close your eyes, still your mind and quiet your thoughts. I hope that you’ll just breathe. For some moments.