“My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires.“Inayat Khan
When I still used cocaine, I viewed everything through a lens of productivity. It wasn’t until years into my recovery that I came to understand I was afraid to be still. Chalk it up to my anxiety and PTSD or acknowledge the delicate smoke and mirrors act of hiding something big 24/7. Either way I was the enemy of stillness.
Over time I came to love stillness, especially the quietness that Khan refers to in this quote. Nature is my refuge, and I retreat to the outdoors whenever I can. Doesn’t matter if I am out for a walk in the grass, sitting under an old oak tree, or dangling my feet in a stream. Nature brings calm, quiet, and the warm embrace of ‘be here now’.
Are you afraid to be still? Spend some time in nature and use that retreat as a safe space to dig into your fears.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.