Joy is my purpose.
We are always surrounded by a divine something. ~ Eugene Holden, RSEP
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~ Buddha
Practicing The Presences – Stillness in Anyway
We have said that a meditation practice, taking time to quiet your mind and focus attention on the presence of Spirit, that Inner Being place of stillness within, is the time tested, ancient practice you can use to experience Divine Presence. However, this life’s journey as a spiritual being is the intentional practicing of Source’s presence not just in our lives, but as our lives – at the center and outer circle of our being, and not just in meditation, but in every moment of every day.
The practice is to remember there is as much of Infinite Presence within us and around us when we are pulling weeds, washing the dishes, walking the dog, stuck in gridlock traffic, closing a business deal, feeding the baby or providing hospice care as there is in the silence of meditation or the most sacred high and holy temple, ashram, mosque or church on the planet.
Silence and stillness are part of a meditation practice. While silence opens you to experiencing the absence of noise, stillness is a state of mind you bring into your daily life. Silence and stillness work in together. They take us deeper into the true self. However, when we leave that sacred time, although we may have to leave some portion of our silence behind, we do not have to leave our stillness behind. We can take stillness along into our daily lives because it is a state of mind and, therefore, not subject to outer conditions unless we allow it to be so.
By mindfully taking stillness with us into our daily activities, we are also bringing with us a “portable portal” to inner silence. With a conscious embodiment of stillness, we can be riding a roller coaster and still have access to silence despite the external noise all around us.
“Be still and know that I am God”
This verse from Psalm 46 gives us our way to recognize a divine connection. It makes perfect sense, for how can we hear or sense Source when noise and chatter of every kind inundate us. Taking stillness with us into our everyday life requires support along the way. A mindfulness practice is a must. Mindful breathing is a practice that will help present yourself in the moment by slowing down your mind and aligning you with that state of stillness that already exists at your center. The challenge is to “do” with a clearly aligned “being”.
In those moments when you may be feeling trapped on the treadmill of “do, do, do,” literally stop what you are doing and take five long, purposeful, slow, deep breaths (and repeat the process for several minutes).
Just like peeling an onion, remember that with each following breath comes a deeper calm, and with calm comes stillness, and with stillness comes inner silence and the opportunity to fully merge with the sacred presence of the One. Something very subtle happens when you breathe mindfully; stillness comes up from within and fills in the cracks and crevices between your breaths, and you find yourself experiencing your oneness with Life and, along with it, the peace that surpasses all understanding. Just imagine you are only five mindful breaths away from becoming a contemporary mystic.