October 7, 2021 John R. Hatfield 0 Comments

John R. Hatfield


“All of humanity’s problems, Blaise Pascal said in 1654 “Stems from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

I started my stillness journey as a senior in college at Kansas State University. It was a simple ritual of reading and journaling for insights into my life, today called the discipline of self-awareness. I have continued this stillness journey routine in the morning before I start the day with quiet listening, reflection, and reading something spiritual, something with self-awareness, and leadership. Fascinatingly my reflection and reading always gives me guidance for what lands on my plate that day or week. I have spent half-day and full-day quietness retreat to listen and journal especially on those important decisions that come our way all to often. It has proven monumental This morning ritual is a part of my mental and emotional wellness piece. I treasure it and protect its time. As an extrovert I desperately need my alone and still times. Believe it or not I actually love being alone with myself reflecting.

In the English stillness is 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.

To achieve stillness, we’ll l need to focus on three domains, the timeless trinity of mind, body, and soul-the head, the heart, the flesh

The following are some thoughts from Ryan Holiday

In those battles, in the war, stillness is the river and the railroad junction through which so much depends. It is the key

To thinking clearly.

To seeing the whole chessboard.

To making tough decisions.

To managing your emotions. 

To identifying the right goals.

To handling high-pressure situations.

To maintaining relationships.

To building good habits.

To being productive.

To physical excellence.

To feeling filled.

To capturing moments of laughter and joy.

As you can see, stillness is powerful and without it we are weak. I have become stronger and wiser because of the discipline of committing to time alone, listening , reflecting, and then transforming.

Stillness. is the key to well just about everything-To being a better parent, a better artist, a better investor, a better athlete, a better scientist, a better human-being. To unlocking all that we are capable of in this life.

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Stillness was last modified: October 13th, 2021 by John R. Hatfield