Stillness

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by Charles Deluvio 

The first three items in my inbox this morning were about stillness. I take that as a sign. Clearly, I subscribe to matter that resonates with me, so it’s not too coincidental, but I have been feeling this urgent need to be calm despite the pandemic.

Real stillness is not (just) physical repose, but more importantly, mental quiet. 

It’s only when one is quiet can one ignore offensive people, create art, be productive and be helpful for those in need.

Stop Swinging

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If we choose to continue believing our ego, we will spend our lives swinging up and down. The energy behind our compulsive thinking is the energy of fear. It keeps us looking outside ourselves for the next thing, person or project for fulfillment. However, there is a space between the up and down of our emotional seesaw, when we are equally balanced in the middle. The outer and inner noise disappears; this is where we are able to connect to the essence of our being. It is here, in the stillness, we connect to the energy of love, kindness, equality, a deep sense of worthiness and lasting inner peace. Accessible in every moment, it is within you and me, right here, Now. Our happiness and inner peace can’t be found in the past or the future, but only in the stillness and awareness of the present moment.

Eckhart Tolle

Non-Doing

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by Josie Wipff, age 14   6/20/16

We run around and cross off tasks from our “To Do” lists because we believe we are not enough just as we are. We must achieve.

The misconception is that if we don’t do, we are lazy.

Non-doing is not being lazy. It’s simply the decision to be unoccupied.

Sometimes, non-doing is just what we need.

Breathe.

Notice what is right in front of you.

From stillness comes magic.