Stillness and Yin


“Stillness is different from solitude, different from aloneness, different from turning off the stereo or speaking softly.

Stillness is a place. You can find it in the desert or in the mountains. You can find it when you’re alone in the midst of people. You can find stillness wherever you are, whatever you’re going through.

Stillness is a place within you. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Get quiet. Become familiar with stillness. Take time to learn its power.”

~ Melody Beattie

Ah yes, the power of stillness when we pause and learn to quieten the mind.

It allows us to see things more clearly beyond our thoughts. To touch deeper into the divine source in all of us. Great things emerge from this place.

Right now, stillness is very much on my mind as I begin to pull together my thoughts and ideas for a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Yin Yoga embodies this path to inner stillness. It is a powerful compassionate practice of physical opening and mindfulness.

For those of you near me, please consider joining me at the upcoming workshops on June 23rd and 24th.

Haiku – stillness

 seed sprouts after rain
Find your Middle Ground
Let the seed found in stillness
bring peace to the earth.

Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from stressful days and anxious minds, and taking time to pause.

When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be, we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what we should be doing next.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.

I write about finding this place of connection, contentment and peace in the highs and lows of life. I call it our Middle Ground.


Inspiration – Timeless Peace

Timeless peace

Unscheinbar | leaf macro | by Andrea Witt – on Pinterest


Find your Middle Ground

Fall outside the world of time
Where nothing ever happened
And nothing will ever happen
Forever peace.

Fall inside a part of yourself
That is unperturbed
And free of everything
Perfect stillness and freedom

Let things be
Just be




* Haiku – Seek



Seek and you shall find …

nothing but what is out there.

Come home to yourself


Finding our middle ground, is about bringing our attention inwards and coming home to the stillness and clarity within us all.

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* Haiku – stillness


Photograph by Katrina Parry.


Find your Middle Ground

Stillness brings life without fear

Peace everlasting




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* The Power of Eckhart Tolle by Steve Taylor

There are some fascinating insights into Eckhart Tolle’s personal awakening in Steve Taylor’s book Out of Darkness.
“It has now been more than 30 years since Eckhart’s transformation, and his awakened state has never faded, although there are sometimes fluctuations in its intensity: ‘Sometimes the underlying peace is just in the background; at other times it becomes so all-encompassing that it almost obliterates sense perceptions and thoughts and what one would usually consider one’s life. Even when things in the foreground might seem turbulent, in the background there is some sense of stillness and peace.’”
Thank you Evolutionary_Mystic for this share.

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Originally published in Kindred Spirit, 2011.

In a recent survey by Watkins Bookshop, Eckhart Tolle was listed as the ‘most spiritually influential living person on the planet.’ You might think that such a person would be someone who is a major presence in the media, and who appears regularly in public. However, Eckhart rarely gives interviews to the mainstream media and over the last few years, he hasn’t given very many talks. He isn’t a particularly prolific author either. So how did he become so influential?

Eckhart’s Transformation

I was interested in interviewing Eckhart for my recent book Out of the Darkness, because he’s an example of a phenomenon which I have become more and more aware of in recent years – the power of turmoil and stress to bring about a shift into enlightenment.

As readers of The Power of Now will be aware, until the age of 29…

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* Haiku – make time

stillness into flow


Find your Middle Ground

When you make time for stillness

Life begins to flow



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* Inspiration – Stillness

It has been said: “Stillness is the language God speaks, and everything else is a bad translation.”

Becoming conscious of stillness whenever we encounter it in our lives will connect us with the formless and timeless dimension within ourselves, that which is beyond thought, beyond ego.

Eckhart Tolle


It may be we find this peace in nature, in the quietness in waking up in the early morning or in the silence between every day sounds. When we encounter stillness within we connect with our essential essence.

Eckhart tells us we are never more deeply ourselves then when we are still.

Does it not make sense to embrace these moments and make room for more of them in our hectic lives?

Find your Middle Ground and come home to your true self.

* Start the Day Well

I was inspired to write this after reading David Kanigan’s Sunday morning post over at Live and Learn.

stillness in waking up

Start the day in perfect peace and harmony.

Take this precious moment of warmth and stillness.

It is a gift to start the day well.

You will find peace deep within you.

You will not find it outwardly or rushing around looking for it.

Peace is in the stillness for us all to find.

So accept this precious gift.

Let go of thoughts that distract you from here.

There will be time enough for them.


* Stillness of Tao


stillness of tao

Seek the reality of emptiness and stillness,
The great constants of existence.
Though life abounds, its creations rise and fall.
Eventually all return, in their own way, to Tao.

To return to Tao is to embrace stillness,
The relentless way of nature.
The flow of nature does not change.
To see its constancy is to know the intricacies of the ordinary,
Revealing patterns of the grand.

To ignore this constant is to mistake the eternal for the mundane,
Bringing unharmonious selfish action and discord,
Pathologies to humanity.

Accepting the constant means opening the mind.
This leads to compassion and impartiality,
A respect for all that Tao provides and takes away,
And an understanding that all return to the ultimate reality of Tao.

Life is fleeting, Tao is constant.*

Lao Tzu

There are no words for me to add to this today. This says it all.


*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 269-283). . Kindle Edition.