The Seated Seeker

In the dictionary, “seeker” is synonymous with words such as hunter, chaser, pursuer and explorer. I don’t know about you but when I hear words like this I envision someone on the go, in vigorous physical action.

Our lives are filled with this kind of action. For example, when you seek a new job, you must comb job ads, send out resumes and go on interviews. When you seek a new love, you must find ways to connect with people, attend events, go on dates. When you seek a new place to live, you must check listings, go to home viewings, etc.. You get the picture; these things require outward focus, outward physical action. This is how we measure getting things “accomplished” in the world. And because our world is fast-paced and competitive, this kind of action is potently engrained in many of us.

But another kind of seeking exists that many of us are not acquainted with, which is just as important to our accomplishments as the one just described. It is “inner seeking” and the only actions required are to sit in silence and breathe. No striving, chasing or hunting, but rather allowing the body/mind to rest in quiet.

When we allow ourselves to be still and clear our minds of the endless thoughts that accompany and put forth the physical actions that propel us through life, some interesting things happen. Tension releases, heart rate slows and regulates, and breathing becomes deeper and more expansive, thus feeding the entire body with life-giving oxygen.

And, anyone who practices this on a regular basis will tell you that in such times of quiet, a profound communion begins to occur – the act of inner listening. The kind of listening that helps you discover new ideas, solve problems, recognize issues that need to be changed and find remedies for them. The kind of listening that nurtures and respects the Higher Self and wants to hear what it has to say.

Imagine, if you will, You sitting across from You, mirror images, in chairs with feet flat on the floor, hands relaxed in your laps. The room is quiet and comfortable. You smile at You, and say, “Go ahead, I’m listening. You have my undivided attention.”

Call this meditation, personal reflection, or silent prayer. Whatever you choose, my point is that we all need this kind of seeking in our lives. Start will just 5 minutes each day for a week; then increase the time to 20 minutes, incrementally. When you think of all the various activities you put your time towards each day, 20 minutes is a small investment for a very rich and beneficial return.

So, I say to you now, “Go ahead, start listening.” You will thank yourself, I am certain.



Author: Plynn Gutman

Plynn Gutman is a certified coach with a refreshing and holistic approach to achieving an Integrated Life. Specialized retreats, workshops and classes are all a part of Plynn’s wide array of resources that she offers along with useful life lessons, tips and advice through her blog. A writer at heart, with several titles available, Plynn's variety of work appeals to everyone.

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