It's quite challenging to know how much to speak on a topic when recording a podcast.  Especially since I am in the early days of Mindful Venturing - still getting to know what works and what doesn't with the help of listeners, friends and family.

So when in Episode 1, I started talking through the stillness exercise, I wanted to focus on getting listeners trying it for themselves.  I think it worked well, but I could have done a better job at sharing how powerful this technique has been for me.

I stumbled upon the power of being still years ago.  I found some of my most calm and creative moments were when I was forced to be still.  Like waking up very early and not wanting to stir anyone, or sitting on a plane staring out the window.  In those moments, my body was constrained, and my mind followed suit - even though it was free.  Sometimes in those moments, I just enjoyed the stillness - other times I thought of solutions to difficult problems.

So when during my Mindfulness practice, I learnt about being still as an actual method to try, I was already convinced it would work for me.  But somehow being convinced didn't actually lead to me doing it very often.  I can't really explain why, but it was only after I got an Apple Watch and started using the Breathe app that I was able to form a better habit around it.  I suspect this behaviour prompt just reduced my barrier to try it more regularly.  And the more I tried it, the more it worked.

In fact, just before I started writing this post, I sat still with the Breathe app for 3 minutes.  I've had a great day, but after a very early start and lots of work busy-ness - as well as running chores and errands in these challenging Covid times - I knew what I needed before sitting down to write.

With practice, I have built up a sense of awareness, and you will too.  I wasn't stressed, but knew I needed some form of reset.  So I forced myself to sit still, and during this sitting, focusing not only on my breath, but on my motivations for writing this post.

I asked myself - What do I really want to say?  Why am I even bothering?

And as a result of being still for a few minutes, I was able to both slow my mind and body and answer my questions.  Hopefully, I was able to write with enough clarity and intent to share my story and inspire you in the process.

Looking back, I know being still helped.  But that feeling of knowing something is good for you comes with giving it a try and kickstarting a habit around it, and building enough momentum over time to feel a sense of progress.

So when you're next in the middle of a hectic day, give it a try, it's the simplest Mindful activity to try - but it may well be the most powerful.