Thursday, February 20, 2014

Be Still and Listen

Have you noticed how everyone everywhere seems to be so very busy.... all of the time. Everyone has so many things going on that the joy of the day is lost or taken over by all of the things we have brought into our lives.  

When was the last time you sat down and just took a few minutes to be still?  No television, no phone or texting, no internet, no hand held games and no reading.  And in case you take the occasional nap, I'm not talking about that either.  When was the last time you just sat and listened to what was around you without any distractions.  I bet it's been a long long time.

I spent a lot of time reading Eckhardt Tolle's "The Power Of Now".  It took me many many times to read it before I began to get it. The book seemed so complicated, when in fact, it's very simple.  "Be still and listen for guidance."   I was always worrying about the future, which doesn't exist or fretting over the past, which you can't do anything about and I was missing the only thing we actually have in our possession - the now.  How do you get to the "now" if you never make time to be in it?

A Course In Miracles states:

"If you will lay aside the ego's voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of Truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness and completely certain in Its messages.”  

Let us be still today and listen to the truth.  Even if only for 5 minutes. Give yourself this gift.  Then, get back to painting, or cooking or running around.  You may have a new perspective on things.

Happy Thursday.