“The distant shores of silence begin at the door. You cannot fly there like a bird. You must stop, look deeper, still deeper, until nothing deflects the soul from the deepmost deep.”
Shores of Silence, Part 1, Pope John Paul 11
“Let us spend one day as deliberately as nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails. Let us rise early or fast, or break fast, gently and without perturbation….Let us not be upset and overwhelmed in that terrible rapid and whirlpool ……If the bell rings why should we run?”
Henry David Thoreau
“No matter how much a thought may persecute you, all you have to do is let it go by. By fighting it, you stir up other thoughts.”
Open Heart Open Mind by Thomas Keating
And as example of someone living very much in the now, with great mindfulness:
“It is so still and silent that I hear as each foxglove bell slips from its stem onto the table beneath. I hear the rose petals drop from the roses…and each stray yellow leaf that falls from the puriri tree and lands with a rustle outside the French windows. A thrush is singing. A white butterfly is hovering above the white hydrangeas. Occasionally a lazy wave washes onto the rocks below. If I could live every moment of my life at this level of sweetness and awareness, and did nothing else but sit here in this peace and solitude, it feels a though it would be enough.”
Valerie Davies From The Sound of Water
In this passage Valerie describes, in the most moving of ways how we are all meant to live life. If we are able to live this present to the beauty around us, to see and sense it all, who would ever want to do more? Of course it’s enough, it’s joy, it’s gratitude, it’s love, it’s awareness….it’s being present to the beauty and love we are given to lift our souls beyond the pain from thoughts we often experience. Valerie is truly living life in this moment, she is not missing one ounce of the beauty by thinking about something that happened yesterday or what she has to do tomorrow, by worrying and fretting, by mentally trying to control what cannot be controlled, she is just being…..there she is totally grounded in that moment. Lucky woman!
So let’s all try and aim for a moment tomorrow when we let our thoughts go, let them float by and not attach to them and instead, register the beauty which will be present at that moment.
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