Imagine for a moment that you could do absolutely nothing and it would bring you peace. Now, stop imagining and realize it’s already within you. Deep silence and spaciousness reside within you. With that silence, comes stillness, and with stillness comes peace.
Patanjali says, “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.” But, yoga goes beyond the poses we flow through – sometimes disconnectedly – on our mat. When we are present in our physical practice, the mind begins to quiet. An inner stillness endeavors to take over. Don’t stop it.
There’s a beautiful quote by Eckhart Tolle that I try to remember when I feel myself becoming frantic and frantically living in the mind, “When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”
But, we can live that presence and find that stillness beyond the mat. Begin to regularly bring awareness to the silence between – the silence between yoga postures, between words in a conversation, between music notes, between raindrops, between breaths. Notice a wave of calm, if even for a brief moment, that comes over you when you experience the silence between. This is stillness coming into being.
When you witness the silence between, you witness the stillness within.
- Your Charmed Yogi