“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.
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.
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.
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?
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…