Many people say “I can’t meditate! “I get too antsy” or on the other hand “I fall asleep!” It is very challenging to sync up our bodies and our minds so we can simply BE and then Feel and Listen. Once, when I wanted to describe this blissful feeling I felt during a Cranial Sacral therapy session so I could describe it, the term Dynamic Stillness came to me as a perfect way to describe that feeling. When we can put words to feelings and emotions there is a great relief that resonates within our being-to simply be perceived and heard. I quickly Googled Dynamic Stillness and amazingly another Cranial Sacral therapist came up with the same name for the feeling achieved. I felt glad and annoyed that my original epiphany had already been conceived! Being in a dynamically still state is as I said very blissful. It is where the greatest healing takes place and where a space for clarity is/lives on many levels-body, mind, spirit
Many people experience this feeling after yoga while laying in Tadasana “corpse pose.’ They are feeling the circulation of all their channels while laying still. It is restful and replenishing.
Many of us lost the skill (if we ever had it) of truly listening. Often we re-frame things/situations to understand them from our minute experience of how it relates to us. Have you ever been in conversation with someone and they are constantly saying “oh, that’s just like the time I…”; or “that’s like me I….” While they may be trying to connect to you and what you are saying to their frame of reference, it often feels like they are just pulling everything back to themselves and their experience rather than engaging in the present moment with you in your current relationship together.
Being in this state opens us up to truly listening to others. If we are able to give this gift to ourselves we are then better able to hold a healing presence for others. Presence is just that, pre sence. We feel each other all the time even before words are spoken or if they ever are.
When we get still and inside our bodies and listen to what messages it is sending us, we may hear “my lower back aches” then we stretch it-preventing a myriad of back issues in the future. Our neck may ache-maybe it is telling us “I need a new chair at work” or “I have some unresolved issues to communicate to a co-worker”. Sometimes we don’t want to hear the message, but it is better to face it than to deny its existence. You will avoid bigger issues later and clear the way for new openings and opportunities that will have more conscious and harmonious realities for you!
So, how do we become Dynamically still? There are many different ways and no one way is best. As it is said, “the paths are many-the truth is one.” As I mentioned certain forms of yoga can certainly get you there. Not all classes and teachers are equal. I have even found some videos that work amazingly. I use the Silva method of mind techniques. Their workshops are very reasonably priced and have been around a long time. Jose Silva was a pioneer in positive thinking techniques. His is a very practical and sensible method. You can find classes at Silvamethod.com. Again, some teachers are better than others so you may want to speak to the instructor before signing up to make sure you are in some kind of synchronicity with them. This technique helps to quiet the mind and calm the body so you are more able to focus on mentally imaging your goals ranging from financial to health concerns and other beneficial things we all desire in life. I have personally known people who have benefited from this technique with issues ranging from quitting smoking to insomnia. It is stated very clearly that “one’s increasing mental faculties are for serving humanity better…”
Another way is to have some body work done be it massage, Cranial sacral therapy etc. It is helpful to have a form of meditation to calm your mind while receiving the work so that it doesn’t start making lists of things you need to do! Simply counting down from 100-1 or focus on a color or a beautiful landscape can get you there. I like to focus on the body part the therapist is working on so I can put good intention to it. You can also imagine the ocean tide coming in as you gently breath in and flowing out as you exhale, gently bringing renewable energy and washing away any negativity or stagnation. Just make sure you’ve gone to the restroom before you use this image as imagining any form of water can definitely make you want to go!
When you feel “Still” ask your body if there is any area where it needs some attention or where it is holding tension. Ask what it needs and if it has a message for you. Maybe your feet just don’t want to be in those heels anymore! Listen to them-they may be saving you a lot of heartache in the long run.
Dynamic Stillness is calm and present. Relaxed yet able to respond. Think of it as sitting in honey (but able to breath) you would feel supported and slowed down. Gravity would be less weighing you down because you are lifted by the viscose sensation of the honey. It is a bit dreamy. we are so tough on our bodies for a great part of our lives that it is so vital to be able to treat them with kindness and empathy to balance out any ill effects that are lingering there.
For example, a good way to communicate with many systems of the body is by closing your eyes and tuning into a particular system. Imagine the blood flow circulating back to the heart as you breath in oxygen imagine that flow bringing healthy oxygenated blood to all the cells of your body. You can do the same for your nervous, digestive and endocrine systems. It helps your visualization to know a basic amount of anatomy which you can easily look up on line or for great drawings view Netter’s Anatomy. He was a Doctor and illustrator who gave us all a gift with his illustrations of the human anatomy.
By tuning in to the body’s dynamic stillness you are acknowledging one of the most incredibly and fascinating traits imaginable-HOMEOSTASIS. Homeostasis is our bodiy’s ability to constantly monitor and make adjustments to our needs, be it sweating, crying, enzymes for digestion and on and on! Imagine how many constant exchanges are going on in your body at every moment. As you are reading this in a somewhat still state your body’s systems are very active. It is defined in Webster Dictionary as “a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group.” Our goal in maintaining good health, I believe, is to support homeostasis at its optimal level.