Daily we find ourselves in a society of activity, noise and motion. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and long for a moment of quiet breath. We need space and a little respite to be still. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being separated from commotion or agitation. In these moments of stillness, we can touch into our inner selves and open ourselves to God’s presence within and without. We exchange our usual business, noise and activity for a receptive silence and quiet. In those moments we become aware of a Oneness beyond ourselves. We become reconnected and our perspective returns.
I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands
Review the times for stillness in your day. Where can you make this realistically happen?
Be still and know that I am God
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
In the business of this day
Grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.
In the conflicting voices of my heart
Grant me a calmness of hearing,
Let…my words and my actions
Be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.
Let my passions or life…
Be grounded in the experience of your stillness.
Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The point is that when I see a sunset or a waterfall or something, for a split second it’s so great, because for a little bit I’m out of my brain, and it’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not trying to figure it out, you know what I mean? And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.