This Week’s Quotation:
Be still and know that I Am God.Psalms 46:10
Being still does not comes easily to me. Maybe you can relate. I suppose that’s because stillness creates a vacuum that the mind wants to fill.
In response to that, Buddhists teach that whatever arises in the mind is just what it is. They teach to be still, stay with it and witness it with neutral curiosity. That is, avoid the mind’s temptation to add anything extra, like judgments of good or bad or ugly or beautiful.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed discovering that when I can be still and just lean into and allow life’s messiness, I discover the perfection in the seeming imperfections. Then I Am meets I Am God. Everything falls into perspective with I Am because the I Am is within everything.
I also find that I Am supports me to keep my heart open, even in the hell, the pain, and the grief. The I Am enables me to see that behind all duality is the One. Further, I see that the only thing that feeds suffering is my own mind.
So, when I feel lost, I now know that I Am God will find me if I can be still. I breathe. Relax. Allow. Let go. Being still to know the refuge and strength of I Am God. Then, feeling lost gives way to the joy of being home.
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