An Exercise in Meditative Stillness

Courtesy of Little Alaska



Let's be still for a moment.

Slow your thoughts down. Calm your jarred nerves.
Stop scrolling endlessly through your smartphone. The world won't end with one less "like", comment, Tweet, or Instagrammed pic.

Put that device down. Shut it off or put it on "flight" mode.

Place it in another room.

Walk to the most quiet place you can find.

Close the door. Cool your environment with a fan or air-con.

Dim the lights.

Find a nice comfortable chair. Sit in a restful posture.


Breathe. Inhale deeply.

Hold it there for a while.

Then slowly and evenly exhale.

Do this for about 10 times.

When you're done, let your mind drift.

Allow your senses to wander.

Forget about the cares of this world. Let it all melt away...

Close your eyes. Think tranquil thoughts.

If you wish, you can meditate.

Focus on the people and things which truly matter.

God. Your family. Great friends. Happy memories of past events.

Laughter. Joy. Love. Warmth. Happiness.

Now is also a good time to pray.

Cast your cares upon God. Let Him shoulder your burdens.

Or you can paint a beautiful picture in your mind. Anything that puts you at peace.

Golden sandy beaches. Cascading waterfalls. Turquoise blue oceans. Snow peaked mountains.

Or think of nothing at all.


Let serenity and silence envelope your body.

Allow it to percolate your mind and every sinew, joint and cell in your body.

Feel your muscles relax. From the tip of your head to the soles of your feet.

Be one with your environment.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of stillness.

Open your palms. Release that tension. Release that fear. Release that worry.

Visualise the wind blowing them away. Dissolved into harmless nothingness.

Remain in this state of tranquility for as long as you can.

When you're ready to get back into the world, slowly reawaken your senses.

One by one let it come back.

Move your arm, your leg and your body.

Finally, open your eyes. Calmly. Gently.

Rise and stand. Stretch.

Open the door and face the world.

Refreshed. Recharged. Reinvigorated.

Repeat as often as you can afford or want to.   

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