Manuel Brandt

Book Notes: Stillness Is Key

These are my notes after reading the book “Stillness Is Key“.

The main message of the book is that sillness is key to many parts of life, from being happy to being a good person. If we’re more still, we will have a better life.

The most interesting insights I found was that it’s good to have silent/still hobbies like fishing, reading, or others. Also, I found it interesting that having a simple life and a routine actually helps with stillness because it reduces the amount of choices we have to make.

My Notes While Reading:

  • Stillness is key to many parts of life. Being happy. Being focused. Being a better person. Making good decisions. And so on.
  • “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room.”
  • A leader needs to be able to slow down and zoom out.
  • ✏️ Start journaling daily to improve mental health and anxiety.
  • ✏️ Increase silent activities like fishing. 
  • Seek wisdom by asking more questions.
  • Let go. The more you want something the less likely you are to achieve it.
  • We need to train our mind, body, and spirit. All 3 need to be in balance. Mind is basically having a clear mind like journaling or meditating or reducing inputs. Spirit means more our inner self, our character traits, like getting angry easily, healing trauma, and so on. Body means physical things we can do to achieve stillness. 
  • “To have an impulse and to resist it, to sit with it and examine it, to let it pass by like a bad smell-this is how we develop spiritual strength. This is how we become who we want to be in this world.”
  • The book states that you have to believe in something (like god, or some kind of higher power) or otherwise everything is cold and empty.
  • We need to be active otherwise stillness has no meaning.
  • Life is hard so we need well equipped bodys to tackle that.
  • Routine is good as it creates room for stillness through limiting the amount of choices we need to make.
  • Have healthy hobbies to turn off your head and reach stillness, like reading, music, or others.  

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