“Being still is not an act of physical motionlessness or of quieting the mind. It is about being available to whatever is occurring in every moment.” Adyashanti in The Most Important Thing
Take the pressure off to “find time” or “make time” for being still or meditating. Don’t make it another obligation or something you think you “should” do. Being still is about noticing that stillness is always there in every moment. It is the ground of your being – who you truly are. You’re never separate from stillness and there’s nothing to find, nowhere to go, no one else to be.
That’s the central message in my little children’s book called Nowhere Better, which is now out in print. You can find it here. A reminder for us all that our true self is always and already present, whole, and complete.
“What is my life about? Who am I? and What is God? If we are not asking these bigger questions, we tend to sleepwalk through life, skimming the surface, and acting and reacting from entrenched points of view and patterns of behaving.” Adyashanti in The Most Important Thing
Asking the bigger questions about life is all that matters. You could be an intellectual genius and still have no clue what you truly are or what’s really going on. It’s not about knowledge, it’s about essential wisdom.
The only thing that’s important is waking up, seeing Ultimate Reality clearly, and operating in human form from our true natural loving spirit. That’s it. The rest will take care of itself, because as it just so happens, it already is without any input from you and the way your ego thinks things should be.
Who am I really? Sit with that. Whatever answer the mind comes up with is false. Don’t let words inform you and add to an illusory identity. Let silence show you. It’ll burn all that is not true and reveal that which is the true One Self.
“In fact, the more awake we become to our own divinity, the more we feel revitalized by a living presence, by that which reveals that life is sacred. Human life is sacred; all of life is sacred.” Adyashanti in Resurrecting Jesus
I’ve always loved the collective energy of a new year. Celebrating what has past, perhaps with relief, and anticipatory hope for the future. It’s magical and transformative. You can very much feel the excited vibrational energy. Of course, not everyone feels this exuberance, and we must be mindful of that as well.
No matter what the hype of the new year brings up for you emotionally, remember from a much wider perspective, the transition to a new year is really just one small blip of infinite absolute reality. Nothing is actually ending or beginning. The calendar we use to keep us all on the same page in the realm of form is like a mesh netting placed on the ocean surface to contain a small portion of its immensity. Or a grid held up to the infinite sky, to capture its beauty and vastness. It’s relatively useful in some ways, but ultimately, pointless.
A fun human celebration nonetheless, the new year can be a great reminder that what we are isn’t just this human body, mind and heart. There is something much bigger and more mysterious going on, to which we have no control over. And we are not just part of it. We are ALL of it. Everything. Infinite and finite. Form and formless. Sacred and nothing. The True Self is the emptiness that contains it ALL. And you are That. Nothing less. Nothing more. Breathe into the stillness that you are, while still engaging in this sacred human existence. It will lead you to the Truth. Happy New Year.