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If one doesn’t want to be seen, even if you are not camouflaged by your surroundings, or if one is conserving energy, one of the best ways to do either is to remain very, very still. You can hide in plain sight if you remain perfectly still, not moving even your eyes; you regain lost energy, both physically and mentally, within stillness, leaving motion and speech behind. One may want to hide to keep danger at bay or when playing a game, or one may want to create some needed space from others. Being still is a good way to learn self-discipline, which is needed if you are wishing to conceal yourself for any reason, to get to know yourself better, or get to know the world better. Holding still is much more difficult than it looks or sounds. We feel a slight itch, or a foot would be much more comfortable if moved just the slightest bit, or we forgot to tell someone something; yet to be truly still one must resist all the urges that strike if we’ve truly resolved to practice stillness. Being still is another form of meditation as well, for the only way you can maintain perfect stillness is to take your mind out of your body and focus it so that your physical body has no physical reality while you gain or regain energy from your stillness. What does your mind focus on during your still times?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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