Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 28)

by Patrick Liew on September 9, 2011

Being still is one of the most important disciplines in life.

If I don’t know how to be still, I will not be able to live every moment to the fullest and enjoy it.

In addition, if I cannot be still, I will not know how to relate with Our Creator and with people around me.

Have you ever talked to somebody and looked into the person’s eyes, and it is not difficult to know that the other person is with you but his mind is somewhere else?

Or, that person is not fully present for you? You feel that the other person do not value you and respect your time.

Would you like to be his friend? Do business with him? Treat him as your leader and follow him?

In HSR Leadership Bootcamps, we conduct a series of exercises to train our managers and salespersons to be still – and be fully present for others.

Let me share with you some of the tools that may help you to be still.

Needless to say, like any other disciplines in life, you need to be committed to learn it. You need to put in effort to practice and improve on it.

1.       Go4It!

The way to learn any skill is to learn how to do it correctly and then, just do it.

You cannot learn how to swim or ride a bicycle in the classroom. You need to go into the pool and try to swim, or hop on to a bicycle and try to cycle – with some help if necessary.

In one of our exercises, we simply ask the participants not to move and to just keep still. If I am conducting the lesson, I leave them in the ‘Be Still’ position for quite a long time until they can get the hang of it.

2.       Relax

We teach the participants to remember how to be fully relaxed – because they have done it before – and we practiced it with them.

We may apply different techniques to help them to relax. For example, we can also mentally direct every part of our body to go into a relaxation mode.

3.       Postures And Stretches

Every day, I practice standing or sitting correctly and being still. I may also do slow and gentle stretching exercises to help my muscles to relax.

4.       Breathing

It has been proven in many clinical studies in Universities that breathing – which gives us life – can also help us to relax. A simple technique is to slow down your breathing gradually and imagine the air movement going into and throughout every part of your body before being exhaled.

5.       Distraction

To be still, you need to remove everything within you and without that may distract you and prevent you from doing so.

6.       Visualisation 

Visualisation of a past experience can help you to be still.

You can choose to remember clearly an incident in the past that will give you a calming and soothing effect.

For me, initially, I may visualise snorkeling in crystal cool water – in slow moment – and enjoying the beautiful underwater world.

7.       Meditation

You calm your being and empty your mind so that you can focus on and contemplate over spiritual and wise thoughts and insights.

As you continue to learn how to be still, I’m confident you will discover new and better techniques. You may even be able to discard these techniques and go directly into a ‘Be Still’ mode.

I have observed many people doing it. I believe you and I can do it too.

Please do not forget to teach me if you have found a better way ‘to be still and know that He is God.’

As you improve in this area, you are in a better position to live a more FUNtastic life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we learn and improve the discipline of keeping still?




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