Inner Stillness by Doc Childre

Many spiritual cultures agree inner stillness creates an energetic environment for supporting our advancing consciousness that can unleash the transformational power of our love.

That’s why, from the beginning of HeartMath, many of the tools and especially the technology have been designed to monitor and facilitate easier access to stillness and its connection to our natural inner wisdom and guidance. Forget the philosophical reference for awhile and think of inner stillness as something simple, practical and street-worthy. How many times have we told friends or children to get still inside and listen-up because we have something important to tell them?

This reveals our innate respect for the value of stillness, so why not use it the way it can count the most, to quiet our mental and emotional static so we can hear the counsel from our heart’s intuitive suggestions for better choices and outcomes.

When our mind finally lets go, inner stillness is where we land. From there we can reset and upgrade the experience of our life. The earlier we learn the value of inner stillness, the less we need to experience the more stressful ways life often nudges us into considering higher choices for personal peace and happiness. We often hear ourselves and others say, “If I had more foresight, I would have handled that situation differently.” Stillness is a primary source for increasing our foresight and creative solutions. Inner stillness is a place that our heart can speak to us without our mind running it off the road. In order to “be still, and know” we first have to be still enough to listen.

It’s a forward-moving choice to schedule times for inner stillness and allow our mind and emotions to experience a time-out from worry, anxiety and processing. Stillness requires a little practice because our mind will try to occupy that space (or any space if the door is left cracked). Know that you don’t have to be still as a rock to recharge your resilience and lift your perception.

If inner stillness didn’t produce high-value results, think of all the centuries of time that meditators and spiritually conscious people would have wasted throughout history. With refinement, inner stillness becomes like a personal elevator to our highest view and eliminates the weariness from climbing endless stairs. Practicing stillness helps us to connect with our heart’s intelligent guidance and make decisions we can feel good about. It’s an effective practical step for creating a less stressful, happier life.

Inner Stillness Heart Meditation

  1. Find a place to breathe quietly for a few minutes. (You can always find a place – close the door to your office or room, or the bathroom, or outside in a quiet area.)
  2. Focus your attention in the area of the heart and pretend your breath is flowing in and out of the heart or chest area. With each breath imagine your mind, emotions and body getting still inside.
  3. From that place of stillness, feel a caring connection with someone or a pet you are close to, or just focus on peace. Don’t look for experience just be – without exploring your mind’s inserts. This creates inner-coherence and a deeper connection with your heart’s suggestions.
  4. Gently excuse any thoughts that come up, positive or negative know that you can entertain them at another time. As thoughts come up, don’t push against them; just casually focus on breathing love and peace into the stillness for a few minutes to anchor the feeling into your cellular memory.
  5. Practicing inner stillness will help you recall the feeling more quickly when discerning important matters and directions.

Try this again later if it doesn’t work. Sometimes we give up too quickly, especially on the things that would benefit us the most.

Many people report that the inner stillness practice helps them most by releasing pent up energy from worry or frustration, as well as anxiety from hard to make decisions. We would love to hear about your experiences with practicing inner stillness. Your shared comments and insights are not only appreciated but they can also help to inspire others.