Creating something from nothing is what we do best, whether it’s creating a moving tune that endures through the ages, an inspirational thought sewn in someone’s head, a new technology, an amazing photo, a baby or - even at our worst - making a drama out of a crisis; at our very heart we are creators.
Even if you are not aware of the magnificent things you’ve already created or those within you’ve yet to create, or the importance of you being here, or even that you might have something valuable to contribute, the fact you are still here speaks to the infinite possibilities.
In today’s society though your attention is so bombarded most hours of the day that more of us are having to actively seeking peace and stillness through one means or another. Tapping into that deliberately is really simple.
This is not about doing nothing; it's about practicing as little thinking as possible to create space for new thoughts to come up. In order to let go of your thoughts you might have to be very active in making that happen. However, when achieved on a regular basis it helps you gain perspective. In stillness clarity emerges.
The irony is that your ‘nothing’ is actually where your everything starts. Many of you will have experienced this over the recent holiday period, with a change from the usual routine, whether restful or not, most of you will have resolved to make changes of some kind.
Some avoid stillness, contemplation, it in fear of the opposite. Yet by repressing some of the thoughts that keep rattling around, instead of really looking at the issues your inner being wants to surface, you are letting them snowball. If you face what’s there, without trying to solve anything, just acknowledging it’s there, often problems look smaller and solutions seem to appear from nowhere.
There’s an inner voice in you wanting to be heard. It occurred to me this morning, as I looked at my computer and noticed the many background processes running that are using half the memory, which is not unlike our own subconscious.
Despite all this surface stuff that is going on, thoughts leading to behaviours and experiences that preoccupy us most of the time, underneath – in the nothingness, or subconscious – there are all these background processes running to keep us healthy. When we power down the surface stuff, suddenly we see and feel very clearly the things that are important.
Think of your life like a fast moving river of light, your feelings about everything illuminating the way to your wellbeing. Answers seem to creep up from nowhere, inspired thoughts just pop into your head, things that seemed so terrible now don’t seem as bad and suddenly you become more open and meet people that you would have otherwise missed.
From nothing and nowhere comes pretty much everything. So doesn’t it make sense to tap in there on a regular basis?
Well you do, unconsciously; every night you sleep. You'll notice when you first awake you might have an inspired thought, or perhaps you even wake up in the middle of the night and have one. No matter how upset, stressed, depressed, angry or sad you feel, sleep brings a new perspective.
Consciously, the best thing any of us can do is to tap into nothingness on a regular basis. In that seemingly empty space we can face our worst demons, our biggest worries, nothing is ever as bad as we think it is. It’s as if we suddenly let all the air out of the balloon, tension eases.
If you are finding that you are ruminating on particular thoughts, memories or fears for the future that are making you feel bad, go for a walk by the ocean, in the forest, in the mountains, by a lake, somewhere – anywhere – that you can let it go. If your mind is still beating the drum of “what if” then work it out, reverse the momentum.
Start pondering the good things that you have in your life now, nothing will change your fortunes as quickly as gratitude. If you are struggling to find something to be thankful for right now, stop and look around, start by appreciating that awesome view, the beautiful sunrise or that amazing music or that person’s smile. A night with good friends can do much for your spirits, though the trick is to be present enough to soak it in and really get the lasting benefit rather than a hangover.
Remember that underneath those background operating systems of yours are always working away in your favour. To tap into them you just need to take notice when you awake, and regularly seek a little peace and quiet so you can tune in to your inner voice.
In being born you are significant, now go and be magnificent.
This post was originally published on LinkedIn.
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