To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
These are the words of Lao Tsu, the venerable Chinese philosopher who lived in the fifth century, BCE. and is the author of the Tao Te Ching. His wisdom has resonated through the ages and carries much commonality with other spiritual and religious paths.
Of all the topics I have covered, one has drawn the most readers and attention. It is the easiest of all. It is based on the above quote. This is it.
Be still and know
that I am God.
Silencing the mind. Being still. Resting in the quiet. Isn’t it an irony that this, the stillness, is the way to find peace and Truth? Especially as we live in a world ever more addicted to activity, noise, and interaction? We have filled our lives with chaos, with traffic and cellphones, with texting and talking, with 24/7 news feeds, with headsets and busyness. So you think this has made us lighter and happier?
In week one, we gave ourselves this reminder, to repeat over and over: I love myself completely NOW. For week two, we scanned our bodies to wipe away tension and stress. During week three, we targeted one of the thought habits that causes stress and discomfort: worrying. Now we take this week to choose the wonder of silence. This will be taught in three lessons, all within this week. Stay tuned for the postings.
THE SILENCE WITHIN
How novel! To do nothing. To just be. To let go of activity and thoughts. To turn off the television, the radio, the phone, the conversation. To be by yourself as your Self. You know, you have never had to do anything or become anything to be the Light of your own Soul. You already are that Light. All by yourself. Just as you are right now.
There is profound power inside the heart of your own being. If you are already used to this, you know what I mean. If you meditate or commune with nature or pray, you know this. For many of us, the idea of just being with ourselves is strange, uncommon, maybe even uncomfortable or frightening. but it is worth the effort to go into silence, even if for only a minute or two. Throughout this course, we will explore many different ways to bring this to fruition.
Remember that whatever you do, you will let go of judging. You will be accepting and loving to yourself without exception. You will be light and kind to yourself. Everything will unfold in just the right way. Count on it!
For this week, here are some ideas to explore;
Choose a time, anytime, today, to be quiet. Let your body soften. Feel your breath deepen and smooth out. Pay attention to a calming thought as you coordinate your breath with this thought. It could be one of these: I love myself completely NOW. Or, may I feel peace and be at ease. Or, pick a sound like Om or Amen or Shalom or Salaam. Notice how they all have a common sound within them. This is no accident. The Sanskrit sound of Om or aum, is said to have enormous power within it. Just be quiet for a minute or two or three. Then go about your day.
- Choose to do the above a few times a day. Go somewhere quiet. Tell your family you are having quiet time. Perhaps they will want to try it out on their own. Just remember, this is your quiet time.
- If you already meditate (and good for you!), maybe you will take just a little more time this week. You can honor yourself for choosing to go within and love yourself even more.
So, for this week, all you have to do is enjoy a little peace and quiet. That’s all. In a day or two, I will lend support with more ideas. Be sure to check these postings regularly. Or pass them on to others. In my mind, the more of us who feel lighter and happier and more loving in our lives, the better. What do you think?
With love and namaste, Deanne
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