(In the midst of long, busy, often highly emotional, days attending to family matters here in Oklahoma, I needed to cut loose of the task of writing a blog post this week and just re-post a "golden oldie." Deciding to select that past entry "I Ching"style, here is what the Universe came up with. Written the day after Christmas, pointing to the importance of each day's Morning Practice in my life, it feels particularly relevant to me at this point in the journey.
I hope you find it helpful as well. --Lance)
“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.
When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself”
― Lao Tzu
“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Touching Stillness, even for a few brief moments, is like sipping clear, crisp spring water on a steamy summer day. Paradoxically, it's also like feeling the warm glow of a fireplace, snuggling at home on a snowy evening peering through the window at the moon. In Stillness, the Presence emerges. In a silent whisper, it sings of the Ineffable, that space where the fundamentally mysterious and completely ordinary meet to form the fabric of Life itself.
to simply Sit Still for a period of time and allow one's attention to rest on the experience of breathing, aware of the ongoing sensations of body/mind, to simply sit with what Zen teacher Norman Fischer calls "the basic feeling of being alive." As we gently and persistently return to our breath/body/mind again and again as our attention wanders off into thoughts and images and memories and daydreams, a more relaxed and concentrated quality of consciousness emerges. In time -- or perhaps in this very moment --one's heart and mind open to the One Love, the Ongoing Miracle, the Sacred Reality of Life Itself. Resting in that Stillness, we sense that everything exists in the embrace of an infinite and gracious spaciousness. We find that our ability to love and be loved deepens as Mindfulness of the One Love imbues our lives more and more -- even in the midst of activity.