Cultivating Stillness

You know how they tell you to find a point to focus on when you’re spinning so you don’t get dizzy?

spin around – look at your point – spin – look – spin – focus

But sometimes is feels like your point is spinning too. What happens when life feels so unsteady and your tried and true focal point isn’t there?

You remember that the only true point of steadiness is inside. And it can’t be any other way.

I practiced Chan meditation when I lived in Tallahassee. My teacher, Guo Gu, was brilliant. But I always wanted him to be less strict. To waver from the rules and guidelines he taught us.

But no matter how compelling a question was, or how captivating someone’s story was, he never budged. The rules remained unchanged.

Every year that passes I’m more and more thankful for his teaching. Because he taught me to trust in the stillness inside. No exceptions.

“But teacher, I see beautiful colors and lights in meditation.”

Him: “Stay focused on your breath.”

“But teacher, I think I just heard the answer to a question I’ve been asking for years.”

Stay focused on your breath.

“But teacher a fly tickles my nose.”

Stay focused on your breath.

I learned to find comfort in the uncomfortable. To return to the mundane when I was most mesmerized.

For the sake of cultivating stillness, a solid foundation within. Unmoving, unchanging. Even as the world swirls around in color and sound.

Even as your inner world rises and falls in emotion. The observer is still, silent, watching.

Chaos can be so compelling and consuming that you might imagine that stillness no longer exists.

But it does.

Close your eyes. Let any sounds around you dissolve into Sound. Listen for the silence inside the noise. Follow your breath’s journey.

And always, always, always you will find stillness. Unchanged. Unwavering. Grounding you to the earth and opening you to the freedom of eternal space.

You’ll remember that you are untouched by the world. You are as pure and steady as a baby new into the world. You are beyond your memories and your thoughts. You are beyond experience.

You are the eternal observer, existing in a fresh, new moment. A moment that never existed before. A moment free of memory. Full of existence, of awareness Only.

Welcome to the moment. Immerse in the stillness, it’s all yours. Replenish yourself and return to the world, more steady than ever before.

Published by Readings By Heba

I have over 12 years of experience doing intuitive readings. I've done extensive research into metaphysics, the occult, and faith based religions. I regularly practice meditation and kirtan (devotional yoga). I acknowledge that our lives are made of the seen and the unseen and that Truth is a moving target. I can say only a few things with great conviction after all I have lived. One, life ebbs and flows and it is always up to you to come back into your light. Use every resource you can! Two, the source of all things is light and freedom. You are free to believe whatever you choose to believe, only you can convince or disprove your own ideas. Three, we are dynamic, enigmatic beings. Though society would like us to stay in certain boxes, the truth is we can't. I am so much more than a reader. I live my life with robust joy and great curiosity. Four, I have always been in touch with something that is beyond our conventional ideas of life. I always felt something beyond my five senses. There is a part of me that relishes in diving into the depths of existence. Into those lighter layers of perception. I like feeling where the flow of life is moving. And I truly enjoy doing it with others. Lastly, I am a lover at the core of my being. I love devotional practice. I love adoring the world and everything in it. I seek to shine my light wherever I go. Of course we experience hard times, I just make the absolute most out of all the other times.

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