Stillness vs Illness
Cultivating stillness as a daily habit is one of the best practice against illness. Illness is the body reacting to “dis-ease.” We usually discover that we are ill when it is already too late. Illness is like a red flag, a warning sign announcing that your body is attempting to recalibrate itself. Your cells and your organs are desperately trying to repair an intrusion which creates heightened body temperature, loss of vitality, and weaknesses. To be still means quiet, motionless, calm, and at peace. It also means to be fixed or to stand. Hence, none of that is possible when we are ill. The weakened body must restore its equilibrium, but without a calm and sound mind which is the first step in healing, the body cannot receive the necessary information.
How to be still?
To restore balance, as Bruce Lee says, we must examine the path of daily decrease. More and more of us live in populated and concentrated urban areas. Our exposure to sensory overloads begins the moment we plug into the digital worlds of social media. Before we even step outside of our homes, the visual data has already set the pace for how we begin our day. More than ever before it is crucial to find ways to unplug.
The daily decrease is, in my opinion, knowing how to accept « not having » and « not doing .»
For many people, the problem is the conditioning of growing up in a society that taught us that doing « nothing » is counterproductive to success and growth. From the moment we engage in worldly ventures, we are flooded with a ton of information, and with our minds constantly under pressure to cope with all these images and signals, we stockpile blockages inside our bodies. Then we increase these stress factors via other sensory means that often become highly addictive. It’s easier to deal with the pressure and unwind with quick fixes that make us « feel » good, so we grab a cigarette, a beer or a glass of wine. Maybe ice cream will do, and on and on we fill our lives with habits that increase our chances of illness. The daily decrease is, in my opinion, knowing how to accept « not having » and « not doing .» It’s to observe your opponent and conquer your appetite, to conquer your mind and quiet the voice of the ego that wants more and more. As a result, you become a witness to the tricks and merely stop jumping through the traps your ego is sending your mind; thoughts that hook you to that sob story and keeps you looping incessantly. Most of us resist applying the changes needed to reboot these habits that have been in the disservice to our health. We instead have become their loyal servants.
Dr Wayne Dyer once explained the basic concept using a cigarette smoker as an example. When the smoker’s mind decides to go through with buying cigarettes, there are series of actions he needs to perform before he can obtain the « so-called » cigarettes; like grabbing his wallet, his keys, get in his car, drive to the store, wait in line, drive back home, etc. All this before he can enjoy that cigarette.
Such a complicated ordeal don’t you think? Instead, you could choose the path of simplicity and decide not to smoke which eliminates all the stress involved with fulfilling that craving. But the addictive logic and the ego will go into crisis mode and come to the rescue. It will devise a new plan to just buy in bulk, so you never run out. Hence you have only created daily increase instead of daily decrease.
Simplicity is key.
In my next blog, I will share some of my own stories about how I have restored stillness into my life. The path did get bumpy at times, but the rewards surpassed all expectations, which honestly were pretty low.