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.


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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