Having recently returned from India and a spiritual sojourn at one of the purest pilgrimage spots ever, I welcome you into the thoughts of this pilgrim. Fortunate to journey back to this ‘forest of honey’ each year, over the last 9 years, each time I am taken deeper into the art of stillness and silence which are a balm for the soul. There is great satisfaction for the soul’s wellbeing in focusing upon itself and finding the peace and true rest that lie within.
Yet in a world of constant movement and sound, as personalities we take so much satisfaction from action, even actions than spring from compulsion! WHAT TO DO!!!
In a piece called The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, he points out that:
“In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”
As one learns to meditate and focus the awareness inwards, a renewed sense of fulfillment is taken from stillness and silence. Stillness becomes an art when we master the fluidity to rise above the flux of the body and the turbulence in the mind. When this happens, the desire to act, just to do something is lost. Spiritual mastery becomes a series of experiences in which we learn to take joy and contentment from stillness.
As a great writer and yogi, Brother Jagdish Chandra said:
“The main state of mind now in the world is the wandering state of mind. Thoughts go in many directions and consciousness is fragmented. Stillness is a settled state of mind. Stillness result in concentration which creates the experience of BLISS. Only when still, can we experience the subtle inner state of bliss.”
And from Master Eckhart (1260-1327):
“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”
And from: the Upanishads (c.1000BC):
“Away from the chatter of the senses, from the restless wanderings of the mind, there is a quiet pool of stillness. the wise call this the highest state of being.”
Upon reflection of the intense sense of stillness I recently experienced during many hours of group meditation, a course has been born to share with new friends and old alike.
I have created 3 sessions that include an Invitation to Contemplate and Write and Share about your present states of stillness vrs. movement and where you would like to go with it, in terms of slowing down thoughts, and experiencing more silence and stillness, various exercises to take you deeper, including music and gently guided meditation, and how to create an atmosphere that brings you into more silence.
Sessions will be held in various ‘venues’, both indoors and outdoors. For the first session, we will meet in my home which has been a meditation sancturary for the past 10 years and has a built-in atmosphere of peace and tranquility to support you in this venture, the second and third sessions will start in my home and then we will transport to various outdoor locations near the ocean.
If this intrigues you, inspires you, or grabs you in anyway, please don’t hesitate to call me and sign up. 808-639-9436. As a group, so much more can be accomplished than if one were to try this alone. Yet this will prepare you for the deep satisfaction of being able to enter the stillness and the silence on your own, whenever you choose to.
COURSE WILL BE GIVEN TWICE TO ACCOMODATE DIFFERENT SCHEDULES:
IN MAY, 2019
Last 3 Thursdays in May~the 16th, 23rd, and 30th
from 4:30 pm to 6:30pm
Last 3 Fridays in May~the 17th, 24th, and 31st from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m.
STILLNESS REQUIRES COURAGE… Come fill your cup with both stillness and courage.