Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Take a moment to breathe deeply.
Focus on being fully present.
Where is your center, your still point?
Is it a place, a feeling?
Can you draw it? Take a picture?
Describe what it feels like to be still. Write about what happens when you try.
Did you know that light behaves both as a particle and a wave? In a way, we do too. We are changing every minute. Life is in constant motion. Nothing remains static, yet we still feel solid and fixed.
How do we slow time down in our frantic world? How do we savor life? How do we get to the end of our lives and say, “That was time well spent.”
We return to the still point.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake
Blake describes an experience that feels timeless and eternal, an instant in the still point. Eternity is encountered in a moment of alignment with deep values, desires and highest qualities. I remember one such liminal moment.
I used to hike three or four times a week with my dear friend and neighbor, Kaye, on the Flume Trail. The trail was a five minute drive from our homes. We loved the scenery as well as our time together talking about everything under the sun. One morning, after a big rainstorm the night before, we headed up the trail. It was not yet light in the canyon, still chilly. As the sun rose over the sandstone walls, everything, the trees, the grass and the rocks, began to glisten. In a matter of moments we were standing in a magical world of sparkling light. We stopped walking and stood in total awe, surrounded by dazzling beauty.
The next day, I brought my camera but the magic was gone. Such luminous moments of awareness are fleeting. I will never forget that breath-taking feeling of enchantment.
Our gratitude and appreciation of life grows as we accumulate many small moments of stillness and eternal beauty. These can be quite simple, ordinary moments. As you practice, your awareness will increase.
Learn to let go.