Hoping for the Stillness

“Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don’t need to carry it around with you after you’ve crossed the river.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

In this busy, rushing season, a thought about finding stillness.

I like to think I’ve made it over the river, but there are times I need the raft again. When life spins out of control, like many, I find myself called back to the rituals of my childhood and find that the sensory experiences transport me quite quickly back to the stillness I need. The scents of burning candles and incense, the sounds of a choir or a group of people joining in ritualized prayer, even just sitting in the quiet of an almost empty church, the familiar feel of a wooden pew underneath me, the creaking and murmuring, the familiar, transports me to the inner world I need to be in to find stillness of mind.

For me, the stillness is where I commune with the Divine. For others, it’s a different refuge. But my wish for you this season is time in the stillness.

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About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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