These are the words of Lao Tsu, the great Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th century, BCE, though these dates may vary according to the source. No matter when he lived, he exuded wisdom that is of value to any day and age.
To be still. What a concept in today’s world of constant noise — from television, computers, radio, traffic, sirens, talking. Yack, yack, yack! Escape to the suburbs? You will hear lawn mowing machines, hedge trimmers, leaf and snow blowers. And if that isn’t enough, you can still blast your silence away with the noise of texting and reading on the computer. Sure it may be quiet, but not for your mind. The poor mind! When does it get a chance to be quiet ? When can it just lie back and, (here’s a radical thought), reflect on itself.
The first time I stayed in an ashram, ( a monastery for those seeking spiritual knowledge), I found the mandatory silence periods quite off-putting. Strange, in fact. But over the years of visits to various ashrams, I sought out the silence, longing to be free of talking and chit chat. I felt a freedom in knowing I could be with my thoughts, without interruption. I could pray or chant to myself, and no one found this odd.
Be still and know
that I am God.
How can we know who and what we are while trapped in the cacophony of the world. How can we experience the majesty of true consciousness? Slowing down. Quieting outside and inside. Watching and listening to our own breathing. Repeating a meaningful and loving phrase to ourselves. Something like: May I feel peace and be at ease or No thoughts. No words. Just silence or I love myself completely now.
Swami Gurumayi said:
From stillness, everything springs forth.
In the depth of your being, great serenity is found.
Divine wisdom is imparted in the silence of the innermost heart.
We are not discussing meditation or some formal spiritual practice. All you have to do is be still, be quiet for a little while, to rest in the silence, to shut off the noise, to be. TO BE in that moment and nothing else.
On the tree of silence grows the fruit of peace.
Written by the Indian poet/saint Kabir in the 1400’s, the simplicity of the statement resonates today. See what happens if you set aside a little time for silence. See who you become over time. Who knows, you might come to enjoy those small retreats into your own self. You might see the great love that dwells in all its magnificence within you. Yes, within YOU!
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