“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.
As we gently and persistently return to our breath/body/mind again and again when 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.
Engaging the practice of "breathing through", we let go of the story lines running through our heads and open to the actual bodily sensations and emotional energies and draw them into the heart on each inhalation. Then we we relax and release them with the out breath, with the aspiration that we and all beings be at peace. This simple form ot the ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice, Tonglen, can be especially helpful when particular thoughts/feelings occur repeatedly or with particular intensity.