Reading Stephen Cope: Braving Stillness

This post was meant to be for Monday, but alas...

I started writing this on Sunday afternoon, and then around four, I realized that I felt horrible. Just horrible. A depressing sadness had descended upon me and I could not figure out why or from where.

Marcy
and I learned two hours later that our dear friend, Ken, had passed
away at 4:15. (Make the connections there that you wish.) As soon as I
knew this, the depression lifted. I felt such relief that he was no
longer suffering.

Of course, the freshness of this death is affecting my work. I am distracted. I am moody.

Yet I find that I am craving just what the first chapter of Stephen Cope's The Wisdom of Yoga says is necessary for any sort of spiritual growth: Stillness & Silence.

...we
will have to convince ourselves of the necessity, the magic, the
absolute brilliance of stillness. Over and over again, we will have to
do this.
(Cope, 19)

"We will have to convince ourselves..."

How often do we get so absorbed by our daily to-do lists that we cannot even fathom of a way to make room for silence and stillness?

How often do we convince ourselves that this busyness that we mistake for life is permanent?

How often do we decide that running errands, running around, running, running, running is more important than taking care of ourselves? Than sitting and listening?

And so we must be brave and we must choose our priorities very carefully, because whether we choose carefully or not, our choices become us. We become them.

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