Let's be still...

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The number one thing I learned over the past year is to be still.

This is no easy task.

I recently wrote an article for Proto.io (it still has yet to be published) on apps to help entrepreneurs focus. There are apps with ten minute guided meditations and apps to literally prevent you from checking social media during set amounts of time with a mission to increase your productivity and decrease distractions.

While I believe apps do have the power to help increase hours in your day to focus on what matters, I don’t think they are best suited for me in my quest to be better at sitting back, reflecting, and just being still.

2016 brought with it a multitude of experiences that called for deep contemplation and trying to find the time in my day to clear my head was a priority.

These are a few things I incorporate into my daily routine that do work:

This is my favorite bench. You can find me sitting here enjoying the sunset over the Rocky Mountains almost every evening.

1. Two long walks a day, regardless of the snow or rain.

Twice a day I take my dog, Elsa, on a walk. I listen to music and literally zone out. I have found that some of my best ideas or feelings of peace happen in the last ten minutes of my walks. There have been moments when a song has even brought me to tears while walking for no apparent reason. Thank goodness for my sunglasses that block others from seeing what was going on behind my shades. There have also been plenty of times I started dancing, though subtlety, on the sidewalk.

Breathing in the Colorado air while moving at a slow pace (I am known to be an extremely slow walker) is heavenly.

2. On cold nights, I light a fire and plant myself on the couch leaning into the softness of my pillows and let my eyes close - tuning out the happenings that are going on around me.

3. Cuddling with my non-human babies Elsa and Mazzy Star bring me a lot of comfort. Mazzy Star climbs on my tummy purring away always at the most inopportune moments forcing me to be still for a little bit longer. I often have the urge to push her away in order to accomplish whatever it is I was set out to do, but when I do lean in and embrace the cuddles the stillness sets in. I think she has the power to know when I really need to sit back and reflect.

One of my new favorite songs is by a band called The Head and the Heart titled “Let’s Be Still.” You can take a listen here.

Lyrics

You can get lost in the music for hours, honey, You can get lost in a room. We can play music for hours and hours But the sun will still be coming up soon The world's just spinning A little too fast If things don't slow down soon we might not last. So just for the moment, let's be still. You can get lost in the music for hours, honey, You can get lost in a room. We can play music for hours and hours But the sun will still be coming up soon. The world's not forgiving Of everyone's fears. The days turn into months, the months turn into years. So just for the moment, let's be still There tearing down So we can rebuild And all this time Is just circles in my mind So just for a moment, Just one moment, Just for a moment let's be still Just for a moment let's be still Just for a moment let's be still Just for a moment let's be still. The world's just spinning A little too fast If things don't slow down soon we might not last. The world's not forgiving Of everyone's fears. The days turn into months the months turn into years. So just for a moment, let's be still Just for a moment let's be still. Just for a moment let's be still. Just for a moment let's be still. Just for a moment let's be still. Just for a moment let's be still. Just for a moment let's be still.


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