Toolkit for Stillness
28 Ways to Find the Stillness You Need to Thrive
by Ryan Holiday
The Buddhist word for it is upekkha. The Muslims speak of aslama. The Hebrews, hishtavut. The second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, the epic poem of the warrior Arjuna, speaks of samatvam, an “evenness of mind—a peace that is ever the same.” The Greeks, euthymia and hesychia. The Epicureans, ataraxia. The Christians, aequanimitas.
In English: stillness. To be steady while the world spins around you. To act without frenzy. To hear only what needs to be heard. To possess quietude—exterior and interior—on command.
Stillness is that quiet moment when inspiration hits you. It’s the ability to step back and reflect. It’s what makes room for gratitude and happiness. It’s one of the most powerful forces on earth. We all need stillness, but those of us charging ahead with big plans and big dreams need it the most. Read the blog here
November 28, 2021