#BOTM // Stillness is the Key
We live in a society with constant distraction. Whether it’s work demands, social media influence, or our own mental unrest, we are hardly ever present. As @ryanholiday puts it, “we are overfed and undernourished. Overstimulated, overscheduled, and lonely.” So how do we live with more intent? How do we live a more meaningful life? In his new book, Stillness is the Key, Holiday has a solution: stillness. The idea of being more present. Truly being where your feet are. This concept allows for more reflection, sharpens your perspective, and enhances our relationships. Stoicism is at the center of this idea, and Holiday uses references from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, as well as historical figures like John F. Kennedy, Napoleon, and Winston Churchill, to provide support for this theory. What I love most about this book, is Holiday provides specific examples of how to cultivate more stillness in our lives. He breaks it down into the trinity of Mind, Spirit & Body. Below are 3 of impactful takeaways for me: •
The mind can be our best friend or worst enemy. It can help us achieve what we previously thought impossible or drive us to insanity. We are constantly in overdrive and clinging to things, ideas, or results. Being present, limiting your inputs, slowing down, and letting go can help. Being able to focus on the process, the individual steps, can release the tension felt from trying to facilitate an outcome we often don’t have control of. When the mind is clear, we are capable of amazing things. Journaling can help this process. Holiday recommends journaling as one of the most important tasks we can do. Creating a routine to empty our mind, focus on what we can control, and master our mental domain.
Often, finding fulfillment and direction can come from belief in a higher power. The idea that there is something bigger than ourselves. Confirming that we aren’t in control and allowing us to let go. This anchor can provide meaning and direction to our lives, cultivating happiness, contentment, moderation, and ultimately, stillness...continued in comments...