This week when I was on a bike ride, I listened to a Michael Hyatt podcast. He is one of my favorites. His content always challenges and inspires me. This particular podcast was entitled, "How to Regain Interior Margin Through the Practice of Stillness."
Michael is a type A get it done kind of guy. His wife asked him to read the book The Joy Diet by Martha Beck.
He read the book and said he read the first chapter 4 times. Chapter One was entitled "Nothing". Beck tells her readers that to begin the joy diet you must do nothing for 15 minutes each day. It is certainly a discipline that takes practice.
Michael Hyatt said it is one of the most transformational practices he has ever done. In her book, Martha Beck contends doing nothing is one of the most productive activity you will ever undertake.
I have not read the book so I am just relaying the information from Hyatt's podcast. He has adopted this practice, 15 minutes each day of doing absolutely nothing, just getting still. He said for him it is not prayer, not problem solving, or planning.... it is being still and quieting all the voices. He cited Psalm chapter 46, verse 10, "Be still and know that I am God."
Michael talked about how noise crowds into every empty space.... leaving us mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausted.
Mother Teresa states it this way, "We need to find God and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness, God is the friend of silence..."
Why we need stillness?
To maintain perspective.... otherwise we live in reactive mode
Stay connected to our true self... live from the inside out
More internal margin in our life
We work on external margin but internal margin is even more needed. Hyatt tells us how to he practices stillness:
1. schedule a time
2. find a place
3. set a timer
4. relax your body
5. Quiet your mind... (this is no small task, If you have an active mind this will take work and practice)
6. Be Present... collect your thoughts and stay in the moment
7. Learn to return... recalling a place of peace. (for me, Terri this is always the beach)
Again this content is not my own. It is what I gleaned from Michael Hyatt's podcast. When I returned from my bike ride I sat on my porch to cool down. I know for sure I have #2 covered. I have found my place. Now if I lived on the coast, the beach would hands down be my place, but I don't. So my porch and wicker rocker will be my place to do nothing!!!! Now I just need to make it a daily routine. It will be my most productive activity.