Stillness: Connecting to Your Ultimate Authentic Identity

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Michael Olsen

When you enter a place of stillness, you awaken the divinity within you.”
― Peggy Sealfon, 

In life we will definitely have times when we are challenged. In our humanness as reasoning and thinking beings, we are likely to experience the full spectrum of feelings and emotions in our lifetime. Know that with these experiences there should be no judgment. However, it is imperative to realize that our challenges can intensify due to our own thoughts. A restless mind will convince us to fight when there is no battle. A mind unleashed will delude us into a state of fear and helplessness.

So, that we can responsibly tend to our thoughts with wisdom let us begin with understanding a beneficial perspective about our thoughts and feelings. We are neither our thoughts nor are we our feelings. The essence of who we are is much greater than that. Rather than trying to control our thoughts, we can become an observer of our thoughts. Our identity—who we really are, is separate from our thoughts. We are actually the one who is observing thoughts as they come across our mind.

When we enter into stillness, we detach from the worry, fear, doubt, and indecisiveness that is attempting to override the awareness of who we really are. In stillness, we stand in peace disconnected from the clutter of our minds, which includes the thoughts we have collected, and the programming we have acquired through our experiences, information, and habits. Practically, when we enter into stillness, three things happen: we observe our thoughts until they eventually dissipate, we quiet our hearts, and we steady our breath.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu stated, “To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.” When we choose not to put up resistance to unwanted thoughts but choose to withdraw ourselves and observe them instead, quieting our hearts and steading our breath, the ego is silenced and truth is revealed. Attempting to go against and erase unwanted thoughts only adds fuel to the fire. Stillness helps us to prevail with ease when any unwanted force comes against our mind. In this way, the unwanted thoughts have no control over us and we will not believe those thoughts into existence.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Yes, we are celestial beings. In fact, we are a reflection of that which created us in its beauty, peace, bliss, and perennial or infinite existence. This is the essence I mentioned earlier–our ultimate authentic identity. Entering into stillness reconnects us with the essence of our true selves. When we choose to enter into stillness, we expand our equanimity which is our mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper. It sounds like a paradox but everything we need unfolds from emptiness. Be still and know.

“In the stillness, everything happens. In the silence, everything is said.”
― Drew Gerald

Thank you for reading! Post a comment! Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Copyright by Deana Gordon

Published by Dr. Deana Gordon

Dr. Deana Gordon: Authenticity. She presents herself via blog posts, presentations, or in consultations in a way that encourages others to be the best version of themselves. She finds it both a privilege and pleasure to coach others through this life process.

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