Each Monday, The Heart Work highlights a different aspect of our common human experience and asks readers to reflect on it for a few moments each day. Each Friday, readers are invited to join a short conference call, which gives people a chance to connect to one another by sharing what they have noticed and/or learned by reflecting on this aspect of life throughout the week.
The purpose of the exercise is to give people an opportunity to consider all-pervasive, but often ignored aspects of life that can be easily forgotten about in our busy lives, and to share their observations and learning with one another.
This week's inquiry: Stillness
Introduction: It is typical for us to talk about the ways we are moving in our lives. Our bodies move (usually quickly) through space and time. Our minds move quickly to solve problems or to make plans. Our lives, generally, seem to be moving forward, ever forward.
Just because we attend more often to movement, however, does not mean that we never have or perceive moments of stillness in ourselves, in others, or in nature.
So what would happen if, for one week, we took up the practice of noting the moments of stillness we perceive? What could we learn? How might it inform the lives we are choosing to live?
Instructions: Between now and Friday, make a deliberate effort to stop three times per day – at midday, at 5pm or 6pm, and just before you go to sleep – and reflect on any experience of stillness you had or witnessed in the previous block of time. (If you have difficulty perceiving stillness for yourself, stick with it. Perhaps enroll others in a conversation about stillness so you get ideas about what to look for.)
Conference Call: Friday, from 7:45AM until 8:15AM CST. While it may not be possible to stay for the length of the call, please make every effort to arrive by 7:45.