Knowing Stillness in the Chaos

Morgan Freeman said “Learning how to be still – to be really still and let life happen – that stillness becomes radiance.”

In this season of movement, it’s hard to find or create stillness…and even harder to connect to the radiance of the intent of the season.  Making a moment to just “be” – doing nothing – can be a precious opportunity for both.

Feeling stillness comes with practice.  Even in today’s crammed clocks and calendars of traveling, preparing, wrapping, visiting, schlepping, if we take a minute to take a breath, we can appreciate the acceleration and embrace the chaos, connecting with everyone else going through the same thing.

That appreciation can come at any time.  We can inwardly and gently pull back from what’s happening – just for a minute a couple times a day – and see the world like a little kid watching what’s happening from a hiding place.  We can create that place; we can own it, hold the sweetness of it.  We can still feel the action all around us, only this time from a place of quiet stillness.  Then we can breathe in that place of in-between, and connect to the vastness of it all, freeze-framing and appreciating the feeling in our consciousness before rejoining the fray.

It is in that moment that we can understand the teaching of Lao Tzu:  “Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.”

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