The Practice of Stillness is a group of meditative practices, developed by the great sages throughout history, that use the natural processes and activities of life to enable us to merge into Stillness any time, anywhere, whatever we are doing.
Stillness is the essence of our Being, the fabric of our consciousness.
Stillness is the source of every breath, every thought, every action and every experience
is always present within us and around us - even in the chaos of modern life
can be found in every moment
dwells within each of us as Self.
We experience Stillness as the deep, profound peace, contentment, wisdom and love that envelops us when we let go of the limited sense of self with which we associate, and regain deep connection with our inner being and the world around us.
Our ordinary, everyday activities provide portals to the immense power of Stillness.
Using simple, natural processes, we can bring the transforming power of Stillness into every aspect of our lives.
Practice of Stillness course 2020
I have dabbled in meditation since using it for childbirth but I realise now how little I knew and how much further I could take my knowledge and skills. This course was challenging but so worthwhile. Christo was inspiring, calm and very inclusive leading a group of very diverse people in new learning and new practices in a trusting
environment. The course itself was clearly and thoughtfully structured to build on each session and strategy and Christo gently lead each person to find their own path within the techniques he taught. Many insights and learnings that Christo brought to us resonated with me immediately, or deepened my understanding as I pondered and practiced between sessions. It was with trepidation I realised that Christo steadily included everyone each session, inviting and responding as we shared our experiences after working with each learnt strategy. I clearly recall that when my first contribution after practicing a meditation together was “I don’t remember anything” Christo responded along the lines of ‘’That’s good, your mind was still and you were in a deeply relaxed state. Enjoy it. Each time is different, let it play out, evolve with it.’’ It still makes me smile.
The Practice of Stillness course gave me strategies to go deeper in meditation with ways to calm my mind, to consciously bring my mind and being to a point of deep peace and Stillness. I have also applied it to solving various issues – stilling my mind, and as Christo said it could, ideas and even possible solutions bubble up without effort.
I have much more practice to do but I really value shifting my consciousness to see things in a different way and so change the way I react. In particular, going to the centre of my being and expanding it out to envelop others was an incredible experience like no other – a beautiful, deep connection to other people. Above it all, I am calmer in my approach to meditation as I learnt from Christo and my fellow students that whatever happens as you meditate is ok, it has a deeper, subtler intelligence of its own and I just need to allow it to do/be/evolve.
I highly recommend Christo’s Practice of Stillness course.
Christo Norden-Powers has taught Stillness meditation techniques in Australia and overseas for 40 years to many thousands of people, including to executives and boards of major organisations, and to Olympic athletes. His primary mission is to enable people around the world to bring Stillness into everyday life.
He says: ' The path I've followed is best described as the path of Consciousness. Every spiritual tradition is founded on the process of raising individual consciousness to embrace a higher Consciousness.
The small 's' self merges with the big 'S' Self. The many different paths all lead to that. The different philosophies and approaches to attaining higher Consciousness each have certain meditative practices that will take us back to the Self. The practices are the practical way to experience Consciousness in every part of life.'
I found the techniques and exercises surprisingly accessible and quick to gain results compared with other meditation techniques I have tried in the past. I like how they work with the body's natural rhythm, and was surprised how easy it was for me to breathe fully, as I have often found that challenging. The mind techniques surprised me as I have never used my mind to quieten my mind before. I also found them surprisingly effective.
It was wonderful hearing how you applied the techniques in your work, as otherwise I would have found it hard to understand how they could be applied in my work. I also liked hearing of the philosophy behind your work and learnings.
I appreciated your humility and self-reflectivity which you shared in your stories, and also in how you reflected on the workshop at the end. And of course I loved the feeling of abundance, generosity and creativity that you created throughout the day. I know I will gain a lot by practicing these techniques and also sense that I have a lot more to learn from you. I feel deeply nourished by the workshop, and it has given me great courage to move into the work I feel called to do, as well as practical techniques to use straight away.