Growing up in a left-brained, linear, compartmentalized society, I have many memories (as I am sure all of us have) of being guided and directed in my early learning and development. Logical, analytical, and deductive learning methods of education develop certain aspects and qualities of intelligence, but do not begin cover the wide spectrum of how we learn, or recognize other forms of natural intelligence.
Life style is related to health and wellness, and learning to observe one's habits, tendencies and intentions can be a place to begin a deeper form of self care. The external body is our personal 3-D material expression, and as such, holds pathways to understanding ourselves, as both a starting point and a way to work inwards.
The internal body is also in a material form, but is felt rather than visually seen, and so it expresses a different form of self contact, one that is seen and experienced through feeling.
Stillness/slowing practice is the foundational starting point of Tai Chi, QiGong and movement therapy. First things first....returning to our basic state of connection, alignment and balance is key to maintaining that state in all movements and motion so standing is a natural place to begin. We may also find that just being still is rather difficult, a definite clue that we need to return to our basic origins, using the intent and physical practices to slow down, to return and ease into a state of inner stillness.
Practicing stillness can be shown through movement. Movement occurs in stillness. The bodily systems are circuits within that connect to circles outside. A practice that involves moving the body in circular ways connects inside and outside circles. When we view ourselves as actually being inside and outside circles, instead of "us" as a static ego-entity, then life is flowing more like water. When life is flowing like water we move from situation to situation without preconceived notions. Does water think about where its going next?
Our lens of perception can slide from the smallest detail to the largest vision and at any point we could forget that all the parts make up the whole and that, in fact, they are just reflections of our changing perceptions