I have encountered two kinds of people. There are those people who, when life gets busy, get busy and buzzy along with it. Then there are the people who, when life gets busy, look up, breathe deeply and become still. Sometimes I need busy and buzzy, but today my vote is for being still. In stillness is knowledge, thought, reason and patience.
Henri Matisse painted my favourite images of stillness…
Stillness is the only place I can hear myself think. It is the place I can find my interior voice – the one that always tells me what to do. It is the place of prayer.
“Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God. Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is putting your hand in God’s hand. Prayer is resting in The Lord. Prayer is enjoying the company of a friend. Prayer is the most important communication we ever have. Prayer is reciting words to an invisible person. Prayer is a last resort. Prayer is wasting time gracefully. Prayer is joy that mounts up to God in Thanksgiving.” (Isaac the Syrian)
My favourite place of stillness (and prayer…)
…Mr. Martini’s tiny Italian town…
…where we followed his Nonna on her last journey home…
“Prayer is a conversation with one whom you know loves you.” (St. Teresa of Avila)
“Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.” (Rabbi Abraham Heschel)
Seek stillness and you shall find it.
“Knock and it shall be opened…” (Matthew 7:7-8)
What lies within?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)