Having returned from India this April from 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 ~ a balm for the soul. There is great satisfaction for the soul to focus upon itself and to know the peace and true rest that can only be found within.
And yet, the soul finds itself in a world of constant movement and sound, and the ego and personality 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 than 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 once 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 results in concentration which creates the experience of BLISS. Only when still, can we experience the subtle inner state of bliss.”
And in Master Eckhart’s words (1260-1327): “Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”And from: the Upanishads (c.1000 BC):“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, write, and share about your present states of stillness and where you would like to go with it.
We will practise a method of slowing down thoughts to experience more stillness, plus various exercises that will take you deeper into soul consciousness. You will learn how to create an atmosphere that brings you into more silence and soul-fullness in your own space, be it at home, in your car, or on the beach.
Sessions will take place in my home which has been a meditation sanctuary for the past 11 years so that you can experience the built-in atmosphere of peace and tranquility to support you in this venture.
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.
Classes are on-going September from 4:30pm to 6:30 or 7:00p.m. AND coming in OCTOBER~there will be an additional FRIDAY Class from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m.
STILLNESS REQUIRES COURAGE… Come fill your cup with both stillness and courage.
Please call me @ 808-639-9436 to register for this course: ($20 per class meeting for your first 3 weeks includes handouts…by donation after the 3rd week)