Stillness in a crazy world

Stillness in Rutland

If, like me, the start to your year has been an onslaught of decision making, you may enjoy and take solace in the passage below by Eckhart Tolle. In our yoga this term we have been meditating using visualisation and awareness of the breath. Reading passages such as the one below can be used as a focus for meditation – sit comfortably with the spine erect, relax and read the passage through. Gently close the eyes and allow the mind to be still – when thoughts enter, accept them and see them float away as clouds. An alternative, if this doesn’t work for you, is to allow one word from the passage to be silently repeated. Stay with it for a few minutes and then open the eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.

When you surrender to what is

and so become fully present,

the past ceases to have any power.

The realm of Being, which had been obscured by

the mind then opens up.

Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you,

an unfathomable sense of peace.

And within that peace, there is great joy.

And within that joy, there is love.

And at the inner most core, there is the sacred,

the immeasurable, That which cannot be named.

Eckhart Tolle

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