Finding a Place of Stillness
Sometimes being in this world feels like standing in a whirlwind. There is so much going on, so much noise, opinion, anger, blame, hurt - that we can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes - as we discussed last week - we feel that our only option is to get swept up in the storm and allow our own hurt and anger to grow.
It can often feel like these times that we are experiencing something new, some low point in history. In a way we are, in that the exact circumstance we find ourselves in is unique. But in another way, as historians remind us, times like these have always been part of our lot. The world has always been crazy, and there has never been a time without conflict.
Our challenge is how we choose to be and act during stressful times. Do we get caught up in the whirlwind, or do we choose to find a place of stillness and clarity and allow our strength to grow from there?
It can be easy to forget the need to find that stillness, or worse to decide that finding stillness isn't relevant or appropriate for these times. But it isn't a luxury to be abandoned when things get difficult. Rather, the stillness is the source of our strength. Meditation and mind-training become more important in these times of conflict, not less.
So I would like to encourage us all this week to practice finding a place of stillness. Meditation and contemplation right now aren't luxuries, they are the most important things we can do. And that isn't to say that action isn't important as well - it is - but our action should come from the strength and insight that comes from the stillness they provide.
Whatever practice you have I would like to encourage you in it this week. If it is useful to you I have linked below a fully guided meditation on finding a place of stillness. A few of us have committed to pressing 'play' at 7pm PT on Sunday 17th January, but of course you can listen at any time.
Wishing you all well,