Winter is here.
Leaves keep on falling. In the northern hemisphere, the nature rests.
This awareness invites me to look inside. Not too engage in too much action. To pause. To listen carefully. To consider.
In order to do so, I hear the calls for action from the world. And to some I say, it’s not time yet. I promise to listen to my internal rhythms. So I can discern when the time has come.
My soul rests in silence. Nourished deeply, getting ready for what’s to come. I do not know what will be, nor do I need to.
For now I embrace stillness. Looking inside. Not knowing. Just being.
And in doing so, I invite you to connect with the part of you that yearns to stop and listen. What message does this part have for your? How can you honor it? ¿Which practices, spaces or activities can you nourish it?
by Mary Oliver
Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.
For a concrete practice on Stillness, the 10 points practice by Dharma Ocean is a simple and powerful. You can access it here.