Friends, so glad our paths have crossed!
Even if only for the few brief moments
when your eyes meet these words …
For even the tiniest of seeds can—
through the mysterious coincidence of causes and conditions—
manifest as something truly magnificent … —Elizabeth Reninger
The Journey Home
Home is where the (spiritual) heart is. Home is the quality of presence. It’s the quality of being. Home is always here. —Ram Dass
The Stillness Within is about the meditative journey home.
It is about pausing, relaxing, and returning to our essence.
This happens when we learn to stop identifying with the endless train of thoughts and feelings, and just be in the moment.
When we open to the present, we leave behind our fearful ego.
It is our ego which continually clings to the past and obsesses over the future.
Meditative practices are the tools that can help us to let go of our habitual thoughts, emotions and actions, and open to the freedom of the present moment— the eternal now.
Then we can experience a deeper connection to the joy, peace, wisdom, compassion, and love that lies within.
Then we can become aware of our true Self beyond our limited ego consciousness.
Welcome to the Journey Home. Welcome to the Stillness Within
A Simple Breathing Meditation
Throughout the day—when you feel worried or stressed—try returning to your essential nature by practicing the simple exercise below.
1. Sit comfortably on your chair or cushion with back straight and eyes open or closed.
2. Relax and become aware of your breathing.
3. Focus on the rise and fall of your belly or the in and out of the breath through the nose.
4. Do not control the breath; just keep it in the foreground of your attention.
5. When thoughts arise, simply let them go by and return to focusing on your breathing.
6. As soon as you realize that you are lost in thought, let the thought go and return to your breathing.
7. The thoughts that arise in meditation are like the waves that rise from the ocean. It is the ocean’s nature to rise. It is the mind’s nature to think. We cannot stop it, but we can just let our thoughts be and return to the present moment by returning to our breath.
8. Continue for five minutes.
We always have a choice. In choosing to take a moment to pause, we learn to live life from our true center.
Or, in the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Each time you … turn your attention to your breathing, for however long, you are returning to your own wholeness.”