3 Steps to De-Stress With Stillness
By Diana Cole
Renowned wellness expert Diana Cole, author of “Spirit Translator: Seven Truths for Creating Well-Being and Connecting With Spirit” (St. Martin’s Press, August 2020) and the best-selling “Pillars of Success” (August 2020), coauthored with Jack Canfield, explains how the practice of stillness can benefit ourselves and those around us.
3 Steps to De-stress With Stillness
“One of the most powerful things you can do to counteract feelings like stress, anxiousness, and anger is cultivating kindness towards yourself and others,” Diana says. “In order to achieve this, one of the best ways I know is to adopt a practice of stillness, even if you can’t yet imagine slowing down and making time for it. It may seem next to impossible now, but you can do it!”
Take a few minutes to sit quietly and tap into stillness: no thought, no motion, no worry about another place to be or another place to go to. Just breathe and be.
Stillness, sooner or later, allows the noise of the mind to soften into silence. You will experience the calm confidence that comes from knowing yourself, and discover a refreshing feeling of kindness that is already there waiting for you — waiting to renew your relationship with yourself and the people you encounter. Kindness and gratitude naturally come bubbling up from a well of love deep within you when you are still.
Allow the kindness to come. Allow it to melt away the mental activities of judging, comparing, and worrying that may have depleted you in the past. Let that kindness redirect your thoughts, words, and actions. I assure you, joy will follow.
“For me, this lesson from spirit was an important catalyst for new growth and change,” Diana shares. “I already had a strong relationship to having a daily spiritual practice, but slowing down, entering stillness, and putting kindness in the center of my awareness has been revolutionary. Stillness is my new best friend. It helps me tune into how much people matter before letting my own to-do list, work deadline, irritation, or fear determine what I’m going to say and do next. It’s one of the best practices I have ever done.”