Find Delight in Different Forms of Stillness

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“Stillness” can sound sentimental but it’s what most of us long for.

Psychology Today

Posted Jul 29, 2019 

Rick Hanson Ph.D.

Your Wise Brain

What is your sense of stillness?

“Stillness or peace” may sound merely sentimental (“visualize whirled peas”). But deep down, it’s what most of us long for. Consider the proverb: The highest happiness is stillness.

Not a stillness or peace inside that ignores a pain in oneself or others or is acquired by shutting down. This is a durable stillness, a stillness you can come home to even if it’s been covered over by fear, frustration, or heartache.

When you’re at peace–when you are engaged with life while also feeling relatively relaxed, calm, and safe–you are protected from stress, your immune system grows stronger, and you become more resilient. Your outlook brightens, and you see more opportunities. In relationships, feeling…

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