Note: Updated in November 2018 for clarity and additional resources.
For many years I thought my success was based on how stressed out and anxious I was. I equated accomplishment with overworking, pushing and manipulating outside circumstances in my favor.
My “go out and grab it” mentality only got me so far. I constantly felt like a hamster in a wheel trying to run faster but always winding up right where I left off. Worst of all I pushed my nervous system beyond it’s limit. I’d work, work, work and then burn out. This was a typical routine for me.
Stillness is the secret to success
Then at age 25, upon hitting bottom, I came to learn the blessing of stillness. I learned that stillness is the spiritual secret to success. In my case I had to hit an emotional, spiritual and physical bottom in order to slow down. I guess it doesn’t matter how I got there. All that matters is that I was finally still.
Through meditation, prayer and my commitment to an inner awareness I was able to realize that my greatest accomplishments would come from stillness. This is when I really started living.
When we still our mind and body we can truly connect with our spirit. Then once we establish a spiritual connection our job is to follow the guidance we receive. Slowing down and listening is the key to living a guided life. In stillness we hear. And then it’s our job to take Good Orderly Direction from a God of our own understanding.
When we embrace stillness, life flows
Living a guided life is about extending the seconds of stillness. As we add up the moments of stillness we begin to feel life begin to flow. What we need comes directly to us, life lessons are no longer so difficult and we have a greater awareness of our purpose and our connection to the world. Stillness is where it’s at. This is the spiritual secret to success!
How to practice stillness to have more success
In the video, and in the breakdown below it, I share tools for practicing stillness to harness success.
Create mindful moments throughout the day
We speed up by slowing down. Try this yourself by creating mindful moments throughout your day, when you can sit for 1 minute with your eyes closed, paying attention to your breath or silently reciting a mantra.
I like to use my Spirit Junkie App, which delivers a new affirmation every day. I set hourly alarms and when my phone buzzes, I take a minute to repeat the affirmation and let it soak in.
Begin a daily meditation practice
Another really important tool is to begin a daily meditation practice of any kind, whether you sit for five minutes or 20 minutes. Maybe you sit for two times a day, and give yourself that great opportunity to reorganize your energy.
Download my free guided meditations!
If you’re new to meditation or have struggled to stick with it in the past, check out my free meditations! All you have to do is press play and listen to my guidance. Access the meditations here.