Finding Stillness Within: A Simple Guide to Inner Awareness
We’re talking about awareness — not the type where you’re aware of your homework or chores, but the kind where you notice the real you, the one chilling out behind all your thoughts and feelings.
Imagine you’re the sky, and your thoughts are just clouds passing by. Sometimes they’re fluffy and light, other times they’re stormy and grey. But the sky — that’s you — stays the same no matter what. Pretty cool, right?
Bentinho says it’s all about taking a tiny break from wanting anything. It’s like pressing the pause button on your game controller, but for your brain. Just for two to five seconds, let go of all the hustle and bustle in your head. Try it! You might feel a bit more relaxed, like you’ve just had a long, soothing bath.
But here’s the secret sauce: You’ve got to mean it. Just like when you’re trying to save a bug from a puddle, you need to be gentle but super focused. It’s not about kicking back and zoning out; it’s about being super chill but also super present.
Think of it like this: When you’re watching your favorite movie, you’re relaxed but also really into the story, right? That’s the kind of vibe we’re aiming for when we talk about being aware. And the more you practice, the more you’ll feel like you’re part of something huge and amazing — like you’re a character in the biggest, most epic story ever.
So, why not give it a try? Next time you’re feeling a bit all over the place, just take a deep breath, let go of everything for a couple of seconds, and just be. You might just find a little sparkle of peace right there inside you. And who doesn’t want to feel a little more sparkly?
Ben says that the more you do this, the more you’ll realize you’re not just your thoughts or feelings. You’re something bigger, sturdier, and super-duper special. And guess what? You’ve always been that way, even before you were born!
By becoming best friends with this calm, peaceful part of you, you’ll start feeling stronger, braver, and ready to take on the world with a big smile. Now, isn’t that a breath of fresh air?
To tie all this in with some wise words from a very old book, the Bible says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Pretty fitting, right? It’s like it’s saying, “Hey, take a moment to chill and realize there’s this huge, loving force that’s part of you.” That’s what awareness is all about.
“Don’t just relax your mind; do it with a purpose, with passion, with surrender. Let the grace of the Creator shine through.” – Bentinho Massaro