#4896 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- #4896 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Editor: Gloria LeeThe Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/Violence & Silence: How to Heal the World
What is it about tragic events that calls us to silence and stillness?Theres a profound message in this impulse. The message is: remember the sacred
nature of life; connect to it; let it guide you.Its hard to remember the sacred when youre 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, thats what stillness reveals: that the sacred nature of life is ever-present; that all
life is sacred.You dont have to do anything to achieve sacredness.Nobody does. Its not a prize. Not an award. Its what you are. Me too. Everybody and
everything. Its 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 dont 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?Its not the perspective that is primaryits 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.Dont perpetuate the patterns of the past. Be still.Dont 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, youre not alone.
Weve all been conditioned as perpetual motion machines; this never-stopping compulsion
obscures the recognition of lifes sacred nature. Its 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 inactionthere 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.
Todayand every day from now onmake 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 Youve 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
Like elephant meditation on Facebook..