Stillness

The fool thinks peace comes 
by controlling the mind.
 He will never attain it.
 The wise one knows Truth, 
and is stillness itself.Buddhist Sage Astavakra

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. Eckhart Tolle

…Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?  Who can remain still until the moment of action?  Observers of the Tao do not seek fullfilment.  Lao-Tzu  Tao te Ching, Verse 15

Be still, and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

Stillness, or presence, is a part of most spiritual practice and not easy for me. Control is my habit but not my aspiration. Letting go of outcome is a struggle. That makes me smile as I say it, as a struggle is in itself and attempt to control, is it not?

Yet I reach for stillness.  It enhances my life.  It creates a touchstone for my day that I can reach for in moments when those gerbil thoughts run incessantly toward no resolution.

I will keep seeking stillness because I believe in it as the way toward peace in my own mind.

Life Student

Originally posted  at My Life Class, March 10, 2012 (Modified)

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