Monday, February 20, 2012

Moments Of Stillness

I’ve written a couple of times lately about the idea of quieting our minds and finding some stillness within ourselves. I have a quote on my cubicle wall by a man named Meister Eckhart that goes “Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness”. When was the last time, if ever, that you experienced a true moment of stillness? When was the last time that you mind and your life was relatively still? In my life such moments seem to happen most in the early hours of the day. As I’ve said before, I get up early enough on workdays so that I have time to just sit for about twenty minutes before I leave home for my commute to the office. During that time I read a little and then I do some meditation that quiets my mind, centers me, and helps me to start my day on a positive note. Most days things happen throughout the day that can pull me out of this centeredness. When I realize it, I need to re-focus and regain my composure. Over the weekend I had another kind of still moment. After I had gotten out of bed, while waiting for my coffee to brew, I stepped outside to fill my bird feeder. The day was new and fresh. Most people were still in bed. The morning was quiet and all I heard were the gentle sounds of my wind chimes. Except for the breeze, it was a perfectly still moment. By the way, can we all just agree the bird feeders are really for the squirrels? At one point I counted seven squirrels around my bird feeder. I think they were all laughing at me.

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