When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself”
― Lao Tzu
"Be still and know that I am God."
― Proverbs 46:10
I love it when that happens.
When we share that Silent Presence, our Oneness in the One Love becomes less theoretical.
Immersed as we are in a patently materialistic society, a milieu that fosters greed, speed, fear and frustration, we have been conditioned to experience our world through mental and emotional states that manifest a lot of noise and motion. Bombarded with stimulation and stress, our minds habitually filled with incessant chatter, most of us have spent untold hours being constantly distracted and disconnected from our True Nature.
Coming to rest in the clear, open and spacious quality of consciousness that emerges as we Sit in Stillness is a precious experience. Unfortunately, it's all to rare in the most powerful nation on earth. That has enormous consequences -- and not only for our individual happiness. A glance at the evening's news makes it obvious: the future of our planet hangs on it. More of us need to get our act together.
|Thich Nhat Hanh and thousands Sit in Silence, London, 2012|
It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it, right?
HEY YOU LOCALS! BE STILL THIS SUNDAY!
(UPDATE: APRIL 10 IS THIS MONTH'S DAY OF MINDFULNESS)
After an Introductory Circle at 9 AM, the morning will consist of alternating periods of sitting (20 minutes) and walking meditation (10 minutes) until a Mid-day Circle that will end about Noon. Full day participants will have a lunch break from Noon until 1 PM. Please bring a lunch to eat in silence or plan to dine out during that time. If you are planning to attend for only a half day in the afternoon, please arrive in time for an Opening Intro Circle at 12:30 PM. The rest of the afternoon will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation before a Closing Circle.
If you have any questions or want to RSVP to let me know your intentions for the day, I'll be available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 502 6204 (phone or text).