GREAT STRENGTH IS BORN FROM A QUIET MIND

If only for a moment step into stillness and practice quieting your mind with everything you have.
 
When I returned from Costa Rica I was determined to do two things every day. The first was to take the time to meditate and sit quietly with a mind that was clear of busyness and chatter. The other was to practice my yoga. The first morning I sat ready for the big quiet meditation, iPhone in hand I set my timer for 2 minutes. You can do anything for two minutes right? Wrong – I reset the timer many times; dang I could not quiet my mind. One thought after the next wiggled it’s way into my brain and teased me with desire. A problem I had to solve, a conversation I had to redo, a future I had to plan to the letter – you name it there it was. Practicing my yoga, the physical part, was easier but not with a quiet mind. I persevered though I didn’t give up. My 2 minutes became 5 then 5 became 10. Now after 75 days or so I surprise myself because my mind is learning to quiet itself. In my daily meditation I don’t battle the noise as much and during my yoga practice I can keep it quiet for big chunks of time too. I am not silent for an hour, no not yet. Something still provokes me into thinking. I admit I still have work to do but it is this practice and dedication to the work and this new way of being that has begun to firmly establish a sense of harmony unlike I’ve never known before.
 
I’m told great strength is born from the quiet disciplined mind. A peaceful practice to calm the mind can only be established over a long time and I’m in it for the long haul. There is no turning back for me it is just too darn satisfying to stop it! Still I must be thoughtfully committed and discerning to the insurgence of distractions that clutter my mind with mayhem. While the effort of any practice takes fortitude the effort to cultivate stillness in any situation is well worth it; I encourage it. The gift so few know is that as the mind settles and calms the power of it becomes far more evident, truly. This quiet clarity has a brilliance that is far brighter than you might imagine until you get there.  From this beautifully cultivated inner peace and confidence unfolds a clearness that can be retrieved at will. It is a clarity that offers guidance, direction and encouragement to never give up. It’s not that we do not get provoked or agitated or frustrated. And it’s not that we stuff away anything that is not a happy thought – no it is not that for sure. Rather it is how we chose to labor in the soil of our distractions, distresses and long lists of things that induce suffering that determine how successfully we get to the other side. Give it a go you’ll be glad you did – we can be still and peaceful and quiet together.
 
If only for a moment step into stillness and practice quieting your mind with everything you have.

Laurien Hamilton