Thursday, December 3, 2015



Only when you are still inside do you have access to the realm of stillness that rocks, plants, and animals inhabit. … Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you. When you perceive and join with nature in the field of stillness, that field becomes permeated with your awareness. That is your gift to nature. Through you nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years. 
-- Eckhart Tolle in Stillness Speaks

The true basis of the universe is stillness, its real condition, for out of it comes all activity. The ocean, when the wind ceases, is calm again, as are the trees and grasses. These things return to stillness, their natural way. And this is the principle of meditation. There is night, there is day, when the sun sets there is a hush, and then the dead of night, when all is still. This is the meditation of nature.
 -- Rosen Takashina ( 8/2/14)

Yes. Look around you.  Especially look out the window if you are inside.  Look how still the trees are (unless it’s windy of course) and have been and will be.  Yes, stillness is natural.  But even when we are still or experiencing stillness in our surroundings, we know that there is plenty of motion going on.  It is simply a different state of motion.  Plenty of growth happens in this stillness.  The Tao Te Ching teaches us that we are most powerful when we are very still, very quiet, very humble.  It is called effortless effort.

To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
-- Lao Tzu

How can I be still? By flowing with the stream.
-- Lao-tzu

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