Being still is a very important part of healing. It is one of the most important criteria in meditation – you’ll notice that in all meditation and some yoga sessions, there will be times where we focus on our breaths and only in the present moment. It is where you come face-to-face with your mind in silence, without any distractions from the outside world or the endless stream of chatter that it usually generates. It is also when you unearth some uncomfortable and painful emotions that you might have buried deep down. Being still will help you heal suppressed emotions which directly affect your physical body. By being still, you’ll be able to resolve long-term inner conflicts and feel more alive and radiant.

Here’s an excerpt from Awakening the Sacred Body by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, that speaks about the healing powers of being still:

“By being still, you will feel directly whatever you are experiencing in your body in the moment because you are not moving away from it.  You might become aware of discomfort or agitation.  Stay with it.  Just be with it directly.  Experience your body.  Every moment of connection to the stillness of your body is a moment of healing.  This is something we can do through the day as well as something you can do when you first sit down to meditate.  Stop.  Be still.  Feel your body.  If you are able to be still, you are entering through the door of the body rather than exiting, moving out, disconnecting from yourself through distraction and agitation.  With practice, you can discover the inner refuge of stillness.”

Being still can take practice. You can try it yourself at home by doing a simple Body Scan. Be sure you’re in a quiet place. Start by sitting upright in a relaxed way with your eyes open or closed. Then imagine scanning your body with a light beam starting from the head and slowly working your way gradually down to every section such as your forehead, cheeks, eyelids, lips, neck, shoulders, arms, fingers and so on and so forth.

See this exercise as a way of spending time with yourself. When you find your mind being distracted, just gently bring your attention back to yourself. Don’t over-concentrate; this is a relaxed and easy activity. Notice every sensation that you may feel – if there is tingling, warmth, lightness or even nothing. Continue until you reach your feet and your toes.

Try it out yourself and let us know how you feel after! The benefits of being still are myriad. You’ll suddenly feel calmer, more peaceful and less harassed and stressed. It is an important step to being a more open, balanced and better you.

Being still in peace and serenity is practised here every day at Pranasanti Yoga. To immerse yourself in the full Pranasanti experience amidst positive and tranquil settings, you can always opt to participate in Pranasanti’s Exclusive Retreats and Day Tours. To find out more, please visit our website at www.pranasanti.com or email luh@pranasanti.com.