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    #4896 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/ Violence & Silence: How to Heal the
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      #4896 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
       
       
      Violence & Silence: How to Heal the World
       

      What is it about tragic events that calls us to silence and stillness?
       
      There’s a profound message in this impulse. The message is: remember the sacred
      nature of life; connect to it; let it guide you.
       
      It’s hard to remember the sacred when you’re multi-tasking. By stopping, a space
      opens up within you and around you. It takes stopping and stillness, to see what has
      been there all along.
       
      Yes, that’s what stillness reveals: that the sacred nature of life is ever-present; that all
      life is sacred.
       
      You don’t have to do anything to achieve sacredness.
       
      Nobody does. It’s not a prize. Not an award. It’s what you are. Me too. Everybody and
      everything. It’s all sacred.
      But, the mind has a hard time with stillness; the mind cries, “What about the violence?
      If life is sacred, where does all the violence come from? And don’t we have to do
      something to stop it?”
       
      There are many ways of analyzing and answering these questions. The mind can take
      many perspectives: political, historical, economic, religious.
       
      But, before you adopt any perspective, consider this: what is the quality of
      consciousness that you bring to the perspective?
       
      It’s not the perspective that is primary—it’s the consciousness that “looks” through the
      perspective.
       
      Consciousness is primary; perspective is secondary, which is why stopping
      and stillness are so vital.
       
      Before you analyze, and definitely before you act, be still.
       
      Don’t perpetuate the patterns of the past. Be still.
       
      Don’t seek answers or even understanding. Be still.
       
      Breathe and let the waves of emotionality settle; be still and reconnect to the sacred
      essence of life and your life.
       
      How often in a typical day do you stop and become still?

      Do you practice stillness or are you constantly on the move?

      Do you rest in the sacred nature of life as-it-is or are you perpetually rushing forward?

      Straining to make things happen? Controlling people and events?

      If so, you’re not alone.

      We’ve all been conditioned as perpetual motion machines; this never-stopping compulsion
      obscures the recognition of life’s sacred nature. It’s the relentless (and reactive)
      movements of the mind that create the conditions for violence.

      We all need to become better students of stillness.

      This is not a plea for inaction—there is a need for wise and healing action. An acute,
      even an urgent need. But wise and healing action only arises from a consciousness that is
      awake to the sacred.

      The scattered, speedy, emotionally fragmented consciousness is blind to the sacred.
      Actions that arise from a reactive mind only add more violence to the mix. (This is true
      on a global scale and around the dinner table.)

      Which is why stillness is the pre-requisite for healing and helping the world.

      By cultivating your capacity for stillness, you serve the world.

      By deepening your attunement to the sacred, you heal the world.
      Today—and every day from now on—make time for stillness and silence.

       


      Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a lineage holder in a 5,000
      year old yoga lineage and a best-selling business book author. You can get his free book
      50 Ways to Leave Your Karma: Freedom, Fear, and the Art of Getting Unstuck at
      www.wisdomheart.org/50Ways. / Eric has worked with over 35,000 people to infuse
      greater meaning, awareness, and purpose into their work and lives. His book You are the
      Leader You’ve Been Waiting For won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being “a
      world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership”. He is
      the author of the best-seller, Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the
      Power of People at Work (over 200,000 copies sold) and To Do or Not To Do: How
      Successful Leaders Make Better Decisions. / He lives in Encinitas, California with his
      wife Devi. Learn more about their work (and listen to their fusion kirtan music) go to
      www.wisdomheart.org.

       

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