“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.
“In the lives of most human beings, everything is about avoidance of truth. The truth that we are avoiding is the Truth of emptiness. We don’t want to see that we are nothing. We don’t want to see that everything we believe is wrong. We don’t want to see that what everybody else believes is wrong. We don’t want to see that our viewpoint is wrong and that there is no right viewpoint.” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing
As we enter the holiday season with Thanksgiving tomorrow, gathering with family, friends, acquaintances and strangers, so to intermingles our differing beliefs and opinions, programmed since birth. Before tension takes over and emotions heat up, can we take a moment to notice what is true: there is no such thing as an absolutely true thought.
Let them think what they want, knowing that no one is ultimately right or wrong, not even you. Let them be who they think they are, and breathe deeply into the silent Emptiness of what we all truly are.