Does your stillness inspire awakening or does it lead you to sleep?
This morning’s practice of meditation in New York City where some semblance of stillness is critical to maneuver one’s way in the frantic busyness. I realized that I could find stillness in my meditation that is connected to a veil over my eyes or I could find stillness that awakens my spirit and gives me strength. I hadn’t seen it as a choice before this day. As I was getting deeper in meditation I felt this choice was as clear as a fork in the road. I sat and focused on the beautiful rhythm of breathing. My body was letting go of any tension it accrued and I was becoming still into this available moment in time. It was clear that I had options. The veil of sleepy stillness has an overtone of numbing out discomfort and painful sensations which could lead me to complacency, disconnection, even denial. The awakened stillness would bring me to the present moment more connected to awareness, gratitude, forgiveness and understanding. The choice was clear and easy.
How we manage our perceptions in life can change our life. Our time in these bodies is not infinite. We saw a documentary last night on the work of the cherished Japanese music composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. It was created after he paused his career for cancer treatment, which no one ever plans for. The film had some juicy life analogies and reflections that affected me. He asked the camera “how many more beautiful dawns will you see in your lifetime?” “Three? Twenty? Not many. Yet we live as if we are not finite.”
An awakened stillness awaits you. This precious moment awaits you. No matter what turmoil or stress you’re surfing, there is enough beauty to support you. Focus on the unconditional things that awaken your inner joy. It could be the magic of dew on the grass in the morning, the laughter of a child, the aroma of coffee accompanying your favourite read or the breeze on your face.
Sit and practice meditation, even 10 minute a day. Take the courage to find your awakened stillness. Enjoy the call to be wide awake and fully present to the wonder in you. You deserve it.
If practicing an awakened stillness need a little help, come on retreat and begin anew.
Meditative | Experiential | Retreats, Ireland 2019. May 12th - 18th and September 1st - 7th.
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