Here’s a thought I’d like to share
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity, and vibrantly alive in repose.”
When your body is tranquil, you will know bliss. Because you are blissful, your mind will concentrate easily. Being concentrated, you will see things as they really are. In so seeing, you will become aware that life is a miracle.” ~ Buddha</i> These two quotes remind me that I must intimately know and frequently visit the place of stillness inside of me. It is only when I connect to that stillness that I truly empty out and become ready to be filled again. When my mind is running, my body can absolutely still, and yet I do not rest. When my mind is still, I can be busy doing all manner of things without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. When my mind is still AND I still my body…ahhh…deep, restorative rest is so available. Although many people scoff at the idea of meditation, sitting still and focusing on the stillness within can bring about a renewed energy and readiness to live life to the fullest. Yoga is a practice of moving toward stillness. After a vigorous yoga practice, lying down on your back with arms at your sides, palms turned up, legs straight and feet gently turned out (Savasana pose) feels wonderful. It’s easy to let your mind relax, because you have spent the practice time connecting mind and body. The body relaxes, so the mind relaxes. At that point, it is easier to allow your mind to concentrate on relaxation and nothing else. With a focused mind, all the peripheral “stuff” falls away and you open to the “grace” of life. When we are still, or in Buddha’s word – “tranquil,” we feel gratitude in our hearts. Gratitude leads us to the awareness of the miracle that this human experience, this life, truly is. Yoga isn’t the only path to this stillness; it’s just one of MY personal favorites.
Wishing you stillness,
Originally Published February 10, 2010by