Stillness for mastering modern day living

One of the things that defines our times is speed. Speed in technology, travel and information exchange. While this is great on one hand, it also can lead us to feeling overwhelmed. What to do, solve or address first? How to juggle the demands between work, family and personal interests?

Not easy, but there are ways. I found a solution some years ago...simple, yet extremely effective.

The key that I have found to being creative, focused and calm under pressure is STILLNESS:

Sitting in one place for about 20 minutes with my eyes closed and relaxing works wonders. It helps me to put things in perspective. It keeps me from getting too entangled in my own importance and it often makes me smile. That in turn then makes me feel more calm.

I return back to the tasks at hand feeling refreshed, with new energy and often with fresh ideas on how proceed.

To give you a better sense of the different aspects of stillness I would like to share with you an ancient Sutra from Ashtavakra. He talks here about how certain insights lead to stillness deep inside, However practicing stillness can also help us understand that life is but a circle of constant change and that everything passes, good and bad.


All things arise, suffer, change, and pass away.

This is their nature.

When you know this, nothing perturbs you, nothing hurts you,

you become still.

It is easy.

Sooner or later fortune or misfortune may befall you.

When you know this, you desire nothing, you grieve for nothing.

Subduing the senses, you are happy; whatever you do brings joy or sorrow, life or death.

When you know this, you may act freely, without attachment.

What is there to accomplish?

All sorrow comes from fear, from nothing else.

When you know this, you become free of it, and desire melts away.

You become happy and still; the world with all its wonders is nothing.

When you know this, desire melts away, for you are awareness itself.

When you know in your heart that there is nothing, you are still.'

With my best wishes for your success,

Christiane Pohl

Life & Leadership Coach

Author:. Christiane specialises in coaching Executives and their teams with managing change, achieving their objectives and developing their soft skills for lasting success.She is an EMCC accredited Leadership Coach & Mentor with a professional background of over 25 years experience as Senior Manager in internat... Go Deeper | Website

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