We know how to be still and listen - it may be a lost art, but it is native to us as human beings.
We can learn how to pause, and to ask our most essential questions, in the space that stillness and listening creates. Our essential questions, to me, point to what is unique about the human quest - our capacity to locate ourselves in our own journey and to articulate what is just at the edge of what we know and are yet to discover.
Discovering the art of stillness brings us into close contact with what is most essential in our lives. When we get quiet and listen, we find ourselves right at the frontier of our moment-to-moment experience. We face directly what before we were unwilling to see. We start to become more compassionate and develop self-awareness and whole-heartedness in our daily lives, as old patterns fall away and new ways of being emerge. Clarity and transformation come naturally, impacting the environments we inhabit, from relationships to work. But this requires dedication.
To paraphrase the poet and leadership consultant David Whyte, we learn in doing this work to "hazard ourselves" to the unfolding conversation of our lives. This takes vulnerability, courage, and a willingness to be surprised!
Contemplative practices such as meditation and self-inquiry support us in practicing the art of stillness. It's so simple to pause and kindly encounter ourselves in our lives in any given moment, yet it goes against much of what we were taught to do, such as escaping from uncomfortable feelings or constantly asking the world around us to prove our worthiness to us. Meeting what is essential - a direct and compassionate gesture - is a poetic and artistic imperative in a technologically advanced world that favors increasingly stilted and monochromatic forms of communication. The art of stillness is the art of allowing the nuance and texture of our present moment experience to be welcomed, and in so doing to inform and to change us from the inside out.
Over many years I have worked and trained with and been mentored by psychologist Richard Miller, PhD, and psychotherapist John Prendergast, PhD in different forms of trauma-sensitive meditation, self-inquiry, and somatic-based practices. In so doing, my work as a mindfulness trainer with large organizations to tech companies all the way to marginalized prison populations has been informed by this art of stillness which lies at the heart of any transformative experience. In my work, whatever project I co-create, team or company I consult with, person I sit with, or retreat I teach, these practices and essential teachings serve as a guiding light for me and the hope is that they will have impact in the world, for the greater good.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information if you would like to inquire about my work as a mindfulness consultant.