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Clarity in Stillness

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Embrace the quiet moments, for within the stillness lies the whisper that guides you toward your true purpose.

There are times when our plans don’t materialize or a door suddenly closes. We are stopped in our tracks and may feel a sense of defeat. We tend to measure success in terms of accomplishment, but sometimes success requires a path different from what we had in mind.

Stillness teaches us that accomplishment can be the art of letting go.

Life unmasks us as a way of revealing our deeper potentials. A mother bird will coax her children to fly by no longer feeding them. A mother bear will force young males to learn survival skills out on their own to prevent aggression from mating males. It may appear cruel, but it is always in the best interest of the child.

From the moment we took our first breath, nature ensured our well-being through autonomical processes that require no conscious input. In the stillness of sleep, the heart is pumping, cells are renewed and we dream in a landscape of possibilities for change.

We shiver when cold and sweat when hot without even thinking about it. Why would nature care for us in this way and not guide us away from self-defeating behavior?

Through stillness, we detect the nuances of how life is prodding our inner blossoming.

When a door closes, there is no need to push your way beyond the obstacle. Rather, examine what stillness may teach you about cultivating the riches of your inner treasure. Your unique characteristics and life path can only be revealed by opening to what life is showing you.

We are guided toward our true purpose through a combination of intuition, synchronicities, and life experiences:


Our inner voice or gut feeling often nudges us in certain directions, helping us make decisions aligned with our true selves. This inner guidance is a manifestation of our connection to nature.

We were designed with a DNA combination that is uniquely different from our parents, siblings and everyone around us.

Through dreams and intuition, we are guided to follow paths that resonate with our authentic purpose. Without this inner connection, we can become lost in conforming to other’s expectations of who we should be.


Meaningful coincidences, or synchronicities, occur when events align in a way that seems too significant to be mere chance. These moments can provide clarity, confirmation, or inspiration, indicating that we are on the right path. It requires stillness to recognize life’s subtle synchronicities.

An event will feel like synchronicity because of its personal connection to something that is meaningful only to us. We may be thinking about a career change from accounting to interior design. While we may be fearful of leaving the comfort of the known, we may suddenly lose our job.

With no other option, we follow our passion. One day we look back and recognize how events lined up to lead us toward a more fulfilling career.

Life Experiences

The challenges and opportunities we encounter shape our journey, teach us valuable lessons and help us grow. By reflecting on these experiences, we can uncover deeper insights about our direction in life.

Returning to stillness during any challenge is the only way to examine new possibilities. Stillness returns us to clarity of purpose.

People we meet, books we read, and messages we come across often carry profound wisdom. These encounters can inspire us, offering new perspectives or reinforcing our beliefs about our true purpose. Stepping out of the daily grind, we cultivate wonder and an open mind.

When an opportunity appears, some may see the challenge presented as insurmountable difficulty. However, if we can recognize the challenge as an opportunity, we embrace difficulty as a way to mine our greater potential. A good example of this is when we are called upon to help another. Only by giving do we discover our gifts.

Life only meets us halfway. The other part of the journey allows us to discover our greater capabilities.

Life's unsolicited guidance allows us to view challenges in a different light. Challenges cultivate our greater potentials. When we are cultivating our true purpose, we will feel a sense of inner peace, fulfillment, and joy.

By being open to the signs and remaining attuned to our inner selves, we can navigate our journey with greater clarity and purpose, trusting that nature is always supporting us.

In this way, stillness is a form of faith in following where the path may lead us. The unexpected crossroad often leads to a better view.

Never forget that nature cannot fully actualize until you self-actualize. For billions of years, it has been perfecting its innovations – and you too, are one of its creations.