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Stillness Is Important Too

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Mindfulness, Videos, Wellness
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Something I do pretty often is take Madame out to the woods for a jog.  It is surprisingly hard though for me to enjoy this time without the distraction of Pandora in my head phones.  I suppose it helps me get into an exercise groove.  But what does it prevent me from doing?  Being present in a different way…

Today we had a great time in quietude.  Just for a few moments.  But that was all I needed.

Never underestimate the value of a good break from noise, even if it’s noise that normally keeps you focused and moving.  That stillness is important too.

Check out this quick stone meditation to start your day or just take a break & re-charge…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvOz2Qyu3Oc

Stone Medi Pic

This post was brought to us by Pablo Neruda. It was forwarded to me by a friend and colleague who can see what there is to see beyond the veil of what we are told we are learning every day. Do not keep quiet…  Screenshot 2014-11-12 15.36.40

“KEEPING QUIET” BY PABLO NERUDA

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

—from Extravagaria (translated by Alastair Reid, pp. 27-29, 1974)

Thanks to Babak Zarin for sharing his Elon Law Capstone from the spring of 2013 — it will give you a sense of what the research is on wellness (or lack of wellness) in law school AND an example of what YOU can DO about it!!   http://www.slideshare.net/HolisticToolKit/b-zarin-wellness-capstone-41159448Screenshot 2014-11-05 09.46.20