Being immobile while the world revolves around us. Act without frenzy. Feel only what is needed. Reach exterior and interior calm on command. The idea of immobility is a path that leads to excellence, to better performances, inspires ideas, refines perspective, helps us to persevere, to resist passions and to achieve success and happiness.
In reality most of the world’s philosophies and religions revere this stillness or inner peace as the supreme good and the secret to a happy life. To achieve immobility it is necessary to reduce the disturbances and chaos that make it impossible, focusing on three specific spheres: mind, body and soul.
1 Domination of the mind, what it means to achieve immobility and peace of mind
- In 1962 John F. Kennedy approached the Russian missile crisis in Cuba with great mental calm, wisdom and a keen eye for complex conflict.
- This allowed him to develop a better view of the big picture and achieve a greater sense of clarity, thanks to which he saved the world from a nuclear holocaust.
- If Kennedy had followed his instincts and responded to the provocation without giving himself time to achieve immobility and mental peace, perhaps things would have turned out differently.
- Each of us faces crises in our lives, in these cases we must resort to our mental resources and take advantage of the immobility that we all have.
2 Living in the moment, limiting inputs and getting rid of preconceptions can help achieve mental peace
- Very often we spend our days without being present in the moment, we do not live it. Everything we do is aimed at reaching a future in which we will finally be happy, so we lose the good moments of life and the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves.
- For example, instead of enjoying a beautiful sunset, we hurry to take a picture of it or while we face a crisis, our mind whispers to us repeatedly how unfair it always happens to us, robbing us of those emotional and mental energies when they we need more.
- The less energy we waste worrying about the future or the past, the more we will have to face the present moment, we cannot give our best if our mind is somewhere else.
- In the modern world we are bombarded with too much information that we follow frantically for fear of being considered stupid and not updated. It is important to learn to distinguish the essential from the irrelevant. It is good to seek immobility instead of urgency.
- For example, try not to be at the mercy of your inbox or the latest news, do not check them every day but allow time to pass.
- In this way you will make a first skimming of irrelevant information, in fact what is really important will also be the next day and at that point we will be able to devote our full attention to it.
- It is difficult to think clearly when you are inundated with billions of information.
- In addition to controlling the amount of information we are exposed to, it is necessary to regulate what is happening in our mind.
- Thinking is a necessity, but very often we rethink and doubt our every action, ending up being overwhelmed, paralyzed and distracted by our own mind.
- The solution is to be able to intentionally empty your mind, clean it from disorder as you do with your home.
3 Gimmicks to reflect, avoid distractions and seek silence and wisdom
- To find out what is really important, what is invisible to everyone else, you need to think deeply.
- This does not mean being paralyzed or overwhelmed by doubts or second thoughts, but more than anything else learning to think in the right way.
- Most of our difficulties and anxieties depend on instinctive reactions to situations we don’t really understand.
- By meditating, a state of clarity is reached which makes the deepest truths visible.
- Here is an exercise suggested by the choreographer Twyla Tarp: sit in a room alone and let your thoughts wander without paying attention, starting from one up to ten minutes a day.
- Then start paying attention to where your thoughts lead and notice if a word or a goal materializes.
- Increase the minutes of the exercise until you find something interesting.
- Another useful gimmick could be keeping a journal. This is not aimed at reading, but it is a tool for the writer to slow his mind and help him reflect.
- Putting your own ideas and reflections in writing allows you to see them objectively, without anxiety and fear.
- It is necessary to reduce external noises in order to feel one’s life.
- When we reduce the inputs and volume of external distractions, we can achieve deeper awareness and sensitivity.
- Wisdom is a continuous search, it is the need to ask questions, to be humble, it is the accumulation of experience and the ability to overcome preconceptions to see the big picture and have a more open mind.
- Good expedients in the search for wisdom are: finding individuals whom you admire and asking which path they have followed, familiarizing yourself with what is foreign to us, accepting challenges; all this broadens our horizons, our understanding and guides us towards immobility.
- He who is wise is at peace because he has seen everything.
4 Learn to be self-confident and to let go
- Self-confidence is not self-centeredness, the latter hides selfishness and insecurity that push individuals to identify with their own defects and mull over them.
- Immobility is impossible for such individuals, since it is rooted in strength.
- Those who are sure of themselves know what is important, do not lie and do not boast, set their own standards and do not feel the need to prove themselves, all this allows to achieve immobility and peace.
- If you aim and want a result with too much intensity, you will lose sight of the process and be easily discouraged.
- One has to let go of one’s obsession with a certain result, only in this way can one be present and immobile.
5 The domain of the spirit, how to achieve spiritual immobility
- The more Tiger Woods was successful the more unhappy he seemed.
- Although he had a wife who loved him and two beautiful children, nothing was enough to calm the hunger of his spirit.
- His mind was strong and able to achieve the calm and concentration necessary to be the best in his sport, but he had a spirit wounded by the relationship with his father and by a lost childhood.
- You will never be in harmony if the desire to always achieve something more is constant and devours us from within.
- For this reason, in addition to mental peace, spiritual serenity must be sought, because the soul is the place where we keep our happiness or unhappiness and ultimately determines our greatness.
6 Develop a strong moral sense, be kind to your inner child and manage your desires to achieve spiritual immobility
- Virtue is the moral and civil excellence that we express through our actions.
- We can choose what we consider honorable and the choices in this field determine whether we will be calm or not.
- We all have to create a moral code that we love more than our own life and thanks to which the peace and happiness it gives to our soul radiates to the body and mind.
- Often the source of anxieties and fears that appear suddenly in certain situations is the inner child in each of us.
- We have to take a minute to think about the wounds we received in childhood and which we still carry with us, how we react to certain unexpected challenges or betrayals, because the reaction is due to our inner child and at that moment needs a hug. and comfort from our adult self, who will take matters in hand.
- Most desires are irrational emotions, therefore immobility is required to analyze them before proceeding with the action.
- Thanks to reflection, desire loses some of its power. Resisting an impulse, sitting and examining it, these are the techniques to develop spiritual strength and become who we want to be.
- Although desires have to be managed, nobody achieves excellence without the desire to improve himself.
- Yet desire is in contrast with happiness, the solution in this case is temperance.
- Contentment is not achieved through external successes such as fame, money or respect, but comes from within, from being able to see what one has, from moments of gratitude and contentment.
7 Feeding the spirit, learning to believe in a superior force and sharing one’s search for serenity are excellent methods for peace of mind
- Ecstasy is a divine extracorporeal experience through which we enjoy moments of beauty if we only open our soul to them.
- If we can see the beauty around us it will nourish our spirit.
- Admitting the presence of a higher power is difficult because it means recognizing that there is something outside of our desires.
- The mind that thinks only of itself cannot find calm and the same applies to the spirit and body that only follow their impulses.
- If you don’t believe in anything, everything around us will be empty, cold and meaningless.
- In the same way it must be understood that the less we are sure of being unique and exceptional and the less we are blindly guided by our instincts, the more we are able to understand others, to understand that we are not alone in joys and sufferings.
- We are all connected and share the same feelings.
- The search for serenity is not a solitary journey, it requires and is aimed at other people. In fact, relationships require virtue, presence, empathy and the will to be part of something bigger. Serenity, like success, is better when shared. Life focused only on results and successes is empty and meaningless.
8 Regenerate your body with hobbies, with movement and with routine
- One must allow one’s body to recharge not through the lack of activity, but on the contrary, through it.
- A hobby is an activity without external justifications (such as reward or glory) that is done exclusively for oneself.
- The goal is to try something that tests us and relaxes us at the same time.
- When a hobby becomes a method of escape from oneself, then it is no longer a choice but an impulse and through it one cannot reach serenity.
- A routine performed for a long time becomes a ritual, a type of discipline that protects us from chaos. When the body is busy with something familiar, the mind can relax.
- Taking walks brings us closer to stillness. It may seem a contradiction but walking, in the sense of a repetitive and unconscious action, is an exercise that guides us towards peace. While we dedicate ourselves to this exercise and absorb the beauty of the environment around us, the mind is active but still at the same time, the reflection is healthier, freer, less frenetic and chaotic.