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Stillness Like Fog Against the Cliff

Stillness Like Fog Against the Cliff


Eckhart Tolle on Being Yourself

We are lost in the maze of our own compulsive thoughts.

The true essence of self can be found in wordless stillness.
It can be known in the silent place of stillness.
Your essence is not separate from the universe.
Eternally awake but still,
between thoughts,
between words,
is where the canvass of the whole phenomenon of existence is painted.

~ Eckart Tolle


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My Take

For years I have been resistant to meditation. I know it’s good for me. The health benefits are clear:

1. improve our creative thinking,
2. improve energy our energy,
3. decrease our stress
Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body
By Meredith Melnick
Huffington Post


“It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body — it made it both stronger and more flexible,” said Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientist who who studies the effects of mindfulness meditation, which she has practiced for 10 years, at her lab at Yale University. She admitted during a TED Talk that she started meditating to deal with a break up, but found that it helped her handle stress and unpleasant feelings in all areas of her life.

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Scienctic Evidence that you can Train Your Brian for Greater Happiness
Dr. Hedy Kober
Yale University



Yet, I still have a tough time meditating. But now I am starting to feel different. Michele and I have been doing more guided meditations using Eckart Tolle tapes. And there seems to be great benefits. I am somehow taking my loses less seriously. I am beggining to lighten up a bit. I am quicker to happiness and peacefulness. All because I pay more attention to stillness. And I am now starting to make meditation a part of my day. Here are some quotes by the master Rumi and other greats about the importance of stillness.

~ Drew Di Genova




Stillness Quotes

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

~ Lao-Tzu



Let us make friends with silence, at ‘the still point of the turning world’. Then will a new power manifest, the light of intuition. Ego, of course, will intervene with a hundred methods of frustration. Let it die, as a fire dies. Make friends with it, for it is not easily slain. But it can be starved of it’s food of selfishness, and die because its owner is just too busy to attend to it.

~ Christmas Humphreys



Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth: the method is summarised in ‘Be still’. And what does this stillness mean? It means ‘destroy yourself’, because every name and form is the cause of trouble. ‘I – I’ is the Self. ‘I am this’ is the ego. When the ‘I’ is kept up as the ‘I’ only, it is the Self. When it flies off at a tangent and says ‘I am this or that’, ‘I am such and such’, it is the ego.

~ Ramana Maharshi



This silence, this moment, Every moment, If it’s genuinely inside you, Brings what you need.
~ Rumi

Now I’ll be quiet and let silence separate what is true from what are lies as threshing does.
~ Rumi

Stop the words now. Open the window in the centre of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out.
~ Rumi

Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’
~ Rumi

The One is pure and silent. Why go on talking? The most radiant in me has never said a word.
~ Rumi



Out of Stllness

I was happy enough to stay still
inside the pearl inside the shell,

but the hurricane of experience
lashed me out of hiding
and made me a wave moving into shore,

saying loudly the ocean’s secret
as I went, and then, spent there,

I slept like fog against the cliff,
another stillness,

~ Rumi

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