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February 18, 2024

Many of us find it uncomfortable to be still. Meditation helps us practice simply being and allows us to connect to a sense of self that’s not dependent on our productivity. Help yourself or others experience greater presence with this stillness meditation script. 

Typically, the mind is preoccupied with the past or the future. We busy ourselves with to-do lists and derive our sense of self-worth from how much we’re getting done. But the truth is, we are worthy just as we are and this moment is enough, just as it is. 

Meditation can help us remember there’s nothing that needs doing before peace, contentment and inner calm can be realized. In fact, if we could just rest back and embrace stillness, we may find that it is easier to connect to the sense of spaciousness we crave. 

  • Practice Time: < 5 minutes
  • Purpose: Developing Comfort With Stillness
  • May Help With: Stress Relief, Relaxation, Mindfulness of the Body
  • Practice Level: Intermediate
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Here’s a Sample of the “Let Yourself Simply Be With This Stillness Meditation” Guided Meditation Script:

Find a quiet place in which to take a comfortable seat
Sit up tall and close your eyes
Breathe patiently and fully, yet gently and quietly
In and out through your nose

Give yourself permission to do nothing
Give yourself permission to embrace this moment of stillness
In which there’s nothing at all that needs to be done
Other than staying here, relatively still, watching the breath

As you watch breath with an easy, relaxed, spacious mind
Place some small amount of attention on what else the mind or the body is feeling

Notice your own discomfort in simply being present, doing nothing

Notice if the mind would rather run off towards the future, a to-do list, or planning

stillness meditation, Let Yourself Simply Be With This Stillness Meditation

Notice if the mind would rather busy itself with reviewing the past, or thinking

And each time you notice, acknowledge the pull of movement, of distraction
And then with the loving patience of a compassionate elder
Give your mind permission to rest

Help the mind settle, be at peace, be still
By guiding towards awareness of body and breath

Without thinking of breath
Present with breath

Without thinking of body
Present with body

How to Use This Stillness Meditation Script

This stillness meditation script is for all those who would benefit from permitting themselves to do nothing for a moment, to simply be still. Mindfulness meditation offers the practice and gentle encouragement we need to overcome our discomfort with doing nothing. 

To use this meditation script in your own practice, familiarize yourself with the intent. Or, sit with the script in meditation, occasionally glancing down at the words as you practice presence with their meaning.

This script can also be used to guide others, in one-on-one sessions or in a group. Guided meditation scripts can be used in live sessions, or to record audio or video meditations. Guiding a practice live allows you to introduce the meditation with a conversation about common barriers to stillness, or close the meditation by letting others share their experience.

During any guided meditation, some might find it quite challenging to be still, and that’s ok. Our meditation is a practice in which all that arises is welcome. If we regularly return to this be still meditation, we might find that over time, our experience of it changes. 


In this present moment, contentment, clarity and calm are available. But a mind that’s in the past or future often fails to realize this. We’re too busy chasing calm to allow it to arise. This stillness meditation helps ground us in the present moment. By doing nothing but just being, we make space for what’s good to reveal itself. Encourage someone to rest back and connect to the truth that who they are is just perfect, and there’s nothing that needs to be done.

About the author 

Sara-Mai Conway

Sara-Mai Conway is a writer, yoga and meditation instructor living and working in Baja Sur, Mexico. In addition to online offerings, she teaches donation-based community classes in her tiny, off-grid hometown on the Pacific coast. She is a certified 500-hour Remedial Yoga and Applied Mindfulness Advanced teacher with Bodhi Yoga Spain under the Independent Yoga Network (UK).