To The Mind That is Still, The Whole Universe Surrenders


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.

Psalm 46:10

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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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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  1. Remember the days when we use to lie on the ground and watch the clouds float by? This reminds me of those days. What beautiful memories…. I wonder if my grandchildren have experienced this in their non-stop world? I must ask them…

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