Stillness and Silence at Solstice
by Guru Rattana, Ph.D. - Issue #99 - December 21st, 2004
Nature pauses to partake of a moment of silence,
Making us aware of the possibility of peace on Earth,
Softly wishing that we may join her in this prayer.
In the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice is December 21st. The shortest day and the longest night of the year invites us to go inward and be with ourselves. The Sun also goes into Capricorn on the 21st. The last Earth sign invites us to connect deep within our body and to celebrate our human life on planet Earth. Mercury goes direct late the 19th on the West Coast or early the 20th any place east. While Mercury changes direction, it is possible for our mind to calm down and let go. It is a time to be still and silent. It is a time to listen and feel deeply. It is time to experience peace.
I offer you the following poem to move into the gentle unity of your soul. In this place of peace, many we join together in prayer for peace within all and for peace on our planet.
May the beauty and peace of the Infinite be with you now, in the New Year and always.
Stillness: Stand Still
by Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
Stillness is the winter of our spiritual journey. It is the time
to disentangle ourselves from situations that are
zapping our energy
leading us astray
to identify where we block ourselves and evaluate our situation.
Standstill is a directive to stand still
to observe what is happening
to be with what is so
to find out the truth.
When we stand still we can
take a position.
Stand still is the antidote to agitation.
Agitation is born from dissatisfaction.
Dissatisfaction breeds impatience.
Impatience spawns frustration .
Frustration depletes our energy.
we become aware of the tight restraints under which we live
we discern where the pay back is not adequate for the energy spent
we are in touch with our space that has created the incongruities
we recognize our power to create a space that attracts to us what we want.
Stillness is a time of withdrawal, where we
look at what we are doing
assess the implications of our actions
sacrifice our illusions
submit to our higher guidance
surrender to the Divine.
Withdrawal is a time to patiently accept
the death of the old
the gestation of the new
the process of growth called life.
It is the time to reach within instead of out. It is a time
to examine and release outmoded habits
to shed and cleanse the debris in our environments and in our minds
to discover what we are holding on to that we best relinquish
to reconnect with our inner life
to reaffirm what is real
to sacrifice our ego for our soul.
It is a time of acceptance, not of blame.
It is a time of observation, not of anxiety.
It is a time of calculated caution, not of stubborn will.
It is a time wisdom, not of action.
It is a time of courage, not of fear.
It is a time of change, not of retrenchment.
It is a time of transformation, not denial.
It is a time of prayer, not self-pity.
It is a time to trust, not to doubt.
It is a time of gratitude, not greed.
It is a time to examine our impatience and our inability
to be still so that we can connect
to accept so that we can ascertain
to let go so that we can be assisted
to surrender so that we can know
to die so that we can be reborn.
To be truly still is to relinquish control.
When we do, we realize that something is transpiring
that we are not in charge of
that exists independent of our will
that is eternal and pervasive
that consistently continues no matter what we do.
In stillness we connect to our foundation.
We find our roots.
We achieve stability.
We anchor ourselves on solid ground.
In stillness we turn our attention to our Self.
We discover our core.
We are reduced to zero.
Beyond the I we discover the am.
Stillness is experienced inside. Inside is where
From our inner stillness is birthed
From our inner stillness
guidance is received
the vision becomes clear
the plan unfolds
the seeds are sown
the roots grow.
The goal of stillness is to attain peace. From stillness
we connect with our inner power
we mobilize our inner resources
we align our energy for action
we move from a place of eternal satisfaction.
The gifts of stillness are
For deep within our solitude
we are restored
we are renewed
the ice melts and spring is born.
We wake-up to find ourselves standing
in the center of our heart.
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