“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.