This post inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #32: Stillness
Sit still, will ya?
The directives we receive along the way.
Quite often as children.
So the exasperated adults can do their thing.
Sit still…and eat.
Stand still…so I can help you get your coat on.
Lie still…and go to sleep.
In school even more so.
Sit still at your desk.
Stand still while you line up.
Keep still while I’m talking.
Vital lessons, obviously…
Being physically still can border on impossible for some children.
My little brother constantly used the dinner table as a drum. While tipping his chair back…way back.
My young son was affectionately compared to a Great Dane by his first grade teacher as his natural inclinations leaned toward constant movement.
“Refrain from excessive talking” was a black mark on my report cards during grammar school…an ongoing challenge to keep my mouth closed.
I wonder…if children were shown ways to be still…
As a source of pleasure. Reward rather than punishment.
On some basic level…
Tempting their budding imaginations. As ready sponges.
Before screens and apps and television crowd in…
Shifting mind and body into overdrive.
Take a slow breath.
Close your eyes.
Take your time.
Pretend you are…
From earliest memory.
The welcome calm.
Taking time. Undefined.
Discovering that stillness feels good.
A refuge for the mind…
…more crucial as the years fly by.
Maybe sitting still…
and waiting for recess to discuss the important events of the day…
would get just a bit easier.