‘Stillness to me is the lack of a wandering, deviating, oscillating, noisy and chaotic mind.
The word makes me picture the smooth surface of a lake, when undisturbed, or the surface of the lake between two ripples. It is that smooth surface which shows you the ripples, and the same smooth surface which makes you yearn for it.
I am trying to find stillness in increasingly smaller things – from a few minutes alone, to a short cycle ride, a particular section of a song, a paragraph in a book, a single chirping bird and the mildest of breezes. It need not be a profound realization, it need not be a spectacular alignment of conditions.
Consistently, I have found peace in nature. Doubts, fear, thoughts, ambitions, dissolve away easily. The effect lasts longer, even spilling into environments where there is an imbalance (for me, cities are such places where imbalance abounds). I can spend a day looking at a lake, not regretting how much time has gone by, I can listen to the simplest of the sounds, like the rustling of leaves or the passage of water and not miss my favorite metal songs.
In a state like this, where I resonate with nature, I am still. To me, when I think about it, it is not surprising that I feel this. On the contrary it seems to be a completely natural, and thus an infallible experience, because who are we if not nature?
We just need to identify and tune in to the frequency of stillness around us.”