Stillness (quotes)


The rewards of stillness


Stillness within brings peace and tranquillity


Stillness brings creative inspiration

  • There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.  Deepak Chopra
  • All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no- mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude. Eckhart Tolle
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Stillness brings answers and solutions

  • True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come. Oprah Winfrey
  • Solutions come easily from a calm mind.
  • When the mind is clear of all noise and self-talk, this is when solutions are revealed, artists are inspired, paradigms are shifted. Stephen J. Kochan
  • If a problem arises, then go within, get very quiet about it and find the answers inside of you. Wayne Dyer
  • When the mind is relaxed, no longer making an effort, when it is quiet for just a few seconds, then the problem reveals itself and it is solved. That happens when the mind is still, in the interval between two thoughts, between two responses. In that state of mind, understanding comes. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Stillness connects you to your inner wisdom

  • The only factor preventing us from hearing or being connected to our inner wisdom is the noise or chatter of our own thinking. When we turn the “volume” of our thinking down, we can begin to sense a deeper intelligence. This is reflection. Richard Carlson
  • Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom. Zen proverb
  • Only in the oasis of silence can we drink deeply from the inner cup of wisdom. Sue Patton Thoele
  • The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Rumi
  • Be still, and know … Psalm 46:10
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Stillness opens the gates to truths

  • Be still and you will know the truth; and the truth shall set you free. Eileen Caddy
  • In the space between your thoughts, there is your truth. Reuben Lowe
  • It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. T. Jong
  • As my consciousness expands, my whole being changes and I vibrate at a higher frequency. Inner truths are perceived. Veils are lifted. I see with new eyes. John Kehoe
  • There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind’s immobility and thought-free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. Sri Aurobindo
  • Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you. It will appear in front of you and ask,” what do you want?” Kabir
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Stillness brings clarity of mind

  • When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you. Stephen Richards
  • Inner silence promotes clarity of mind. It make us value the inner world. It trains us to go inside to the source of peace and inspiration when we are faced with problems and challenges. Deepak Chopra
  • There is a famous saying: “If the mind is not contrived, it is spontaneously blissful, just as water, when not agitated, is by nature transparent and clear”. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Ghandi
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Stillness replenishes the spirit

  • True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn
  • Silence gives rest to the mind…and this means giving rest to the body. Sometimes rest is the only medicine needed. Frank Lipman, M.D.
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Stillness awakens inner energies

  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman
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Stillness brings strength

  • Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu
  • … in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength … Isaiah 30:15
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Stillness brings resilience


Stillness brings joy

  • Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and freedom your greatest joy. Look within. Be still. Buddha
  • If only all might be hushed, sense impressions, the soul itself, all imagery, all symbols, all things transient, then we might hear the very voice of the eternal, and if that experience were prolonged, we would indeed enter into the joy of our Lord. Augustine
  • If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Ravi Ravindra
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Stillness opens the gates to potential and possibility

  • In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom. Gabriella Goddard
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Stillness saves and transforms

  • It is the stillness that will save and transform the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Man has to learn to seek first the kingdom of heaven, the place of stillness and quiet at the highest level of which he is capable, and then the heavenly influences can pour into him, recreate him and use him for the salvation of mankind. White Eagle
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Stillness adds power to intentions

  • But first, you have to practice stillness. Stillness is the first requirement of manifesting your desires, because in stillness lies your connection to the field of pure potentiality that can orchestrate an infinity of details for you. Deepak Chopra
  • Meditation is a tool that you can use to give your thoughts more focus and power. It is much easier to visualize what you want and inject substance (feelings) when you are relaxed and free from distractions. Henri Junttila
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We pay a high price for lack of stillness in our lives

  • He who does not go within, goes without. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings. Henri Frédéric Amiel
  • When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates
  • If you believe the noises of the world, rather than the silences of your soul, you will be lost. Neale Donald Walsch
  • All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Pascal

Knowing yourself through stillness


Stillness connects you to your source

  • Never forget that there is power in silence and stillness. Stillness is the stepping stone to connecting with the universal source of intelligence that throbs through every living thing. Robin Sharma
  • Embrace silence since meditation is the only way to truly come to know your Source. Wayne Dyer
  • Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. Lao Tzu

Through stillness, you can know your true self …

  • In the stillness, you will find your true being. In the silence, you will hear the breathing of your soul – and of God. You will find God in the Stillness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • The self must know stillness before it can discover its true song. Ralph Brum
  • To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • To Know ourselves as the Authentic Being underneath the thinking mind, the silence underneath the chattering mind, and the true joy and bliss underneath the misery on the surface, is Success, Freedom, Enlightenment. Ellie Roozdar
  • When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.
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… for stillness is your essential nature

  • Noise is the function of the human mind. Silence is the abiding state of your soul. Robert Beno
  • Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being aware of stillness means to be still. To be still is to be conscious without thought. You are never more essentially, more deeply, yourself than when you are still. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you are still, you are who you were before you temporarily assumed this physical and mental form called a person. You are also who you will be when the form dissolves. When you are still, you are beyond your temporal existence: consciousness-   unconditional, formless, eternal.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Stillness is your essential nature. Eckhart Tolle
  • In listening and stillness there is nobody who is still, and this stillness doesn’t refer to any object; it is absolutely objectless; it is our real nature. Jean Klein

Stillness resides deep within you

  • Within each of us there is a silence – a silence as vast as the universe. We are afraid of it… and long for it. When we experience that silence, we remember who we are: creatures of the stars, created from the cooling of this planet, created from dust and gas, created from the elements, created from time and space… created from silence. Silence is the source of all that exists, the unfathomable silence where vibration began – the first oscillation, the first word, from which life emerged. Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals. Silence is where god dwells. We yearn to be there. We yearn to share it. Lois Huey-Heck
  • The greatest miracle is this: That stillness and vastness that enables the universe to be is not just out there in space — it is also within you. Eckhart Tolle

Awakening to God through stillness


Through stillness, you can know God …

  • Be still, and know that I am (God). Psalm 46:10
  • Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart
  • If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is. Amy Carmichael
  • Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength. Aldous Huxley
  • We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature– trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
  • Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you’ll come to remember your spirit. When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated. Wayne Dyer
  • If only all might be hushed, sense impressions, the soul itself, all imagery, all symbols, all things transient, then we might hear the very voice of the eternal, and if that experience were prolonged, we would indeed enter into the joy of our Lord. Augustine
  • How then are we going to reach God? How, but in quietness and in confidence, in the stillness and the Silence? How, but by learning to abide in a quietness within, by being still. Joel S. Goldsmith
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… and be alerted to the presence of God within you …

  • It is not necessary to go off on a tour of great cathedrals in order to find the Deity. Look within. You have to sit still to do it. Albert Schweitzer
  • When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness. Ramana Maharshi
  • The Bible says, `Be still and know that I am God.’ Stillness is the sole requisite for the realization of the Self as God. Ramana Maharshi
  • I lovingly nurture the god in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I awaken myself to the deep stillness that lies deep within my heart. Deepak Chopra
  • God enters by a private door into each individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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… for God exists in the gap between your thoughts

  • If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. Alan Cohen
  • The cosmic psyche whispers to us softly in the gap between our thoughts. We can learn more about the universe “between our thoughts” than actually “from our thoughts”. Deepak Chopra
  • The doorway to Divinity is located and available as a direct experience in the exact split second of ‘now’ which is discernible between two thoughts. David R. Hawkins
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Through stillness, you can hear the voice of God …

  • God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. Mother Teresa
  • Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. Sai Baba
  • The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will the ultimate Word from God. Jim Elliot
  • Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God’s speaking from the whirlwind, nature’s old song, and dance… Annie Dillard

… for stillness is the very language of God

  • Stillness is the language God speaks, and everything else is a bad translation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Silence is the language of God; It is also the language of the heart. Dag Hammerskjold

Stillness is also the language of the soul

  • Silence is our true teacher because it speaks the language of our soul. Michael Jeffreys
  • ..trees, flowers, grass…grow in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. Wilbur Pierce
  • If you believe the noises of the world, rather than the silences of your soul, you will be lost. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
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Stillness is the path to spiritual awakening

  • Praise That, which is Bliss itself, which is by nature stillness and light, and which by Its knowing reveals the world as a dream. Astavakra Gita
  • No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth. Lao Tzu
  • Turn your vision inward… and the whole world will be full of supreme spirit. Ramana Maharshi
  • Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that? Ramana Maharshi
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When the mind is still, the whole world surrenders

  • To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Chuang Tzu
  • You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, and still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Deepak Chopra
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Find time to be still


The greatest barrier to stillness is our own mental noise …

  • Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Eckhart Tolle
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… especially the noise of cravings and desires

  • The mind tends toward stillness but it is opposed by craving. Shui-ch’ing Tzu
  • Through return to simple living comes control of desires. In control of desires, stillness is attained. In stillness the world is restored. Lao Tzu
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Find time each day to be still

  • I get in touch with the power of pure potentiality by taking time each day to be silent, to just be. I take time each day to commune with nature. I will practice non-    Today I shall judge nothing that occurs. Deepak Chopra
  • Simply be quiet. Be with your Self in the stillness. Do this daily. Just stop. Stop all your doingness. Stop all your thinking. Just “be for a while. Take an hour every day at dawn and give it to your Self. Meet your Self there in the holy moment. Then go about your day. You will be a different person. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Start each day in my peace and stillness, then you can go forth and face whatever the day may bring in perfect peace and joy. Eileen Caddy
  • Enter into the stillness inside your busy life. Become familiar with her ways. Grow to love her, feel with all your heart and you will come to hear her silent music and become one with Love’s silent song, the song of Songs. Noel Davis
  • Spend some time alone every day. The Dalai Lama
  • This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers this morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you might find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. Joseph Campbell

Be still and simply be

  • Be still. It takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself. Gangaji
  • Sit quietly and open up to spirit. Sharon Janis
  • When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning. Eckhart Tolle
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Be still and listen

  • The quieter you become… the more you hear. Ram Dass
  • Listen to the silence… it has much to say. Susan Jeffers
  • It is only when we are silent to the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorstep of our hearts. K.T. Jong
  • Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb. Pythagoras
  • If only we could be enlightened enough to be able to listen in the silence. Paulo Coelho
  • Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
  • Talk less. Listen more. Tune in to eternal wisdom from deep within. Philip Arnold
  • In order to best serve the moment, you have to be still long enough to hear what it is saying. Michael Jeffreys
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Find the sanctuary of stillness within

  • There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides. A Course in Miracles
  • Know that you have a center. Know that you belong there. Know that the path to the center takes no effort. Deepak Chopra
  • Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse
  • By a garden is meant mystically a place of spiritual repose, stillness, peace, refreshment, delight. John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. Rumi
  • Even when in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary. Stephen Richards
  • The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Your life sparks fires from within your innermost temple. No one can reach there but you, it is your inner sanctum. You are your own master there, only you can reach and ignite the fire. Osho Rajneesh
  • Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. Joseph Campbell
  • Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up. Anne Leclaire
  • There is a silence into which the world cannot intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost. A Course in Miracles

Be nourished through stillness

  • Drink deeply. Live in serenity and joy. Buddha
  • Nourish your spirit with stillness. Nourish your mind with knowledge. Nourish your heart with unconditional love. Nourish your body with living food. Nourish your relationships with thoughtfulness. Tim Ong
  • All power comes from the Great Mystery. I can draw directly from the great cosmic reservoirs. The Path of Power involves becoming less, not more. Less of me, the ego. More of the Great Mystery. When I quieten my mind and remain in stillness and feel this power, I feel renewed and empowered. To do this is to drink from the living waters. Here is the source of all power. And here too, is my centre –    not only mine but the centre of all centres.   John Kehoe
  • True silence is the rest of the mind, it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn

Through stillness, attain a mind like water


Attain a mind like calm water …

  • Calm the winds of your thoughts, and there will be no waves on the ocean of your mind. Remez Sasson
  • Pour some water into a tub and stir it up. Now try as hard as you can to calm the water with your hands; you will succeed in agitating it further.  Let it stand undisturbed a while, and it will calm down by itself.  The human brain works much the same way.  Koichi Tohei
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… free of ripples …

  • Imagine that your mind is like a calm, clear lake or a vast empty sky: Ripples appear on the surface of the lake and clouds pass across the sky, but they soon disappear without altering the natural stillness. Kathleen McDonald
  • Do not keep agitating the waters of your mind. Do not hold what you do, dropping it over and over into the clear waters of your mind endlessly making ripples. Let go of what you do.  Let it go like a pebble dropping, sinking to the bottom of the lake.  If you do not chase it, if you do not plunge in after it, the ripples of it’s passing will once again return to stillness.  Sheng Zhen

… as deep as the ocean …

  • Waters from many rivers continually flow into the ocean but the ocean never overfills. In a like manner, desires and attachments constantly flow into the mind of the Illuminated One, but he or she, like the ocean in its deepest depths, is totally still and never disturbed. Bhagavad Gita
  • Once you have been in deep water, your experience of going into shallow water is never the same. Swami Premodaya
  • Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths! Rumi
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… and the water will be crystal clear …

  • Our minds are like a large vase of water with sand in it that has been stirred up. After some time of stillness, the sand settles, clarifying the water and allowing us to see. The resulting clarity, which is beyond concept, is wisdom beyond concept. M. Gunder
  • Who can wait quietly until the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action? Lao Tzu
  • Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tzu
  • Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being. Rumi
  • When your consciousness has become ripe in true zazen-pure like clear water, like a serene mountain lake, not moved by any wind-then anything may serve as a medium for realization. Matsuo Basho

… and provide an undistorted reflection

  • The best reflections are there when the wind, water and you are still. Peg Huxtable
  • We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. Taoist Proverb
  • The moon is one, but on agitated water it produces many reflections. Similarly ultimate reality is one, yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts. Maharamayana
  • Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.  Hans Margolius
  • Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius
  • Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. Indra Devi
  • When we are able to make ourselves as still within as an untouched mountain lake, we have an exquisite reflection of all that is in and around us. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • Learn how to quiet your mind. Learn how to make your mind quiescent like a motionless lake. A motionless lake can attract, or image, reflect the sun, the stars, the moon, trees, grass. A lake that is noisy cannot reflect anything. So when you learn to quieten your mind you reflect yourself, and yourself is always harmony, always bliss, always the absolute reality, always absolute oneness. That’s your real self. That’s who you really are. Robert Adams
  • One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. Lao Tzu

Through stillness, sink deep below the surface of the mind

  • Searching with my mind is like swimming on the surface – swim the whole ocean and I will find nothing. I sink to the place of stillness within. From here the inner presence nourishes me with living waters. From here my prayers carry much power. From here the voice speaks to me sweetly. Helps me in my day-to- day affairs. Tells me truths long forgotten by my race. John Kehoe
  • Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love. Kar Kirpa Sahib
  • We have surface time, which is the time we move through every day, but we need to reach the rhythms of deep time. Like the ocean is all waves and movement on the surface, we need to sink through time to the depths where the true rhythm lies. John O’Donohue
  • The mind is like the Pacific Ocean. It waves, depending on the atmospheric conditions.  But even when it’s at its most tumultuous, if you learn to drop down twenty or thirty feet under the water there is just gentle calmness and stillness.  And it’s always present. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • We spend most of our time in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things going from one quick base to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out.  We collect data, things, people, ideas, “profound experiences,” never penetrating any of them. . . But there are other times.  There are times when we stop.  We sit still.  We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory.  We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.  James Carroll

How to find stillness


Find stillness through meditation

  • Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform.  Pythagoras
  • When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence.  Stephen Richards
  • Meditation is the way to stop the very idea of time as flux. Meditation is a total stillness. Nothing moves. Osho
  • Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker. Buddha
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Find stillness through non-judgement of what is

  • When you dwell in stillness, the judging mind can come through like a foghorn. “I don’t like the pain in my knee…This is boring…I like this feeling of stillness; I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I’m having a bad meditation…It’s not working for me. I’m no good at this. I’m no good, period…” This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down. It’s like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Go on a personal silent retreat

  • Geshe Michael Roach also talks about the importance of taking two weeks off in addition to normal vacation to really check in to silence and what the universe is looking to bring to the world through you. He says go somewhere alone with NO distractions. Bring two weeks of food and just hang out with your journal—no TV, books, just quiet. Get quiet, tune in, and follow the inspiration. Brian Jonhson

Find stillness through nature

  • Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
  • The point is that when I see a sunset or a waterfall or something, for a split second it’s so great, because for a little bit I’m out of my brain, and it’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not trying to figure it out, you know what I mean? And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness. Chris Evans
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Carry your stillness with you


Carry your stillness with you even amidst the chaos of life …

  • The silence I am describing is a silence that you use to contain the grace you receive when you enter the castle of your soul. You carry this silence within you, even when you are with others. It allows you to hold your center amid the chaos of your life. Caroline Myss
  • In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra
  • Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there is in silence. Max Ehrmann
  • Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality. Deepak Chopra
  • Even when he is still, The selfish man is busy. Even when he is busy, the selfless man is still. Ashtavakra Gita
  • Formal meditation, however, is no substitute for bringing space consciousness into everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. In the midst of divided interests – certainty. In the many roads – a certain choice. Mary Anne Radmacher
  • You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. Indira Gandhi
  • Stop trying to still the mind. Be still, and let the mind roam free. That is true stillness. Jeff Foster

… using stillness as the backdrop for all your actions

  • Stillness within finds stillness without as the framework through which all activity occurs. Breathe deep and full. Relax always. Grace unfolds from within to dance about in joyous recognition. Rob Campbell
  • Stillness and action are relative, not absolute, principles. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but in everyday life. In movement, seek stillness and rest. In rest, be mindful and attentive. Ken Cohen
  • One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on. D. H. Lawrence
  • Stillness is what creates Love. Movement is what creates Life. To be still, Yet still moving – That is everying. Do Hyun Choe
  • You may be engaged in several directions and work with enormous zest, yet remain inwardly free and quiet, with a mirror like mind, which reflects all, without being affected. Nisargadatta  Maharaj
  • When doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of being that is success. Eckhart Tolle
  • Real action is in silent moments. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Real action is done in moments of silence. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Quiet the chattering mind promotes directed action. Kare Anderson
  • The inner is foundation of the outer. The still is master of the restless. The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure. Lao Tzu
  • Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace. E’yen A. Gardner

Meet everyone through stillness

  • To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. Eckhart Tolle

On a lighter note

  • My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. Edith Sitwell
  • Ask me about my vow of silence.
  • I want you all to synchronize your tongues to silence.  Archie Bunker
  • If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. George Barzan
  • Silence: Having nothing to say and saying it.
  • Silence: True wisdom’s best reply.
  • Tomorrow night I’m giving a lecture on silence and invisibility. Don’t be surprised if I don’t show up. Jarod Kintz
  • True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.
  • Youthquake: an eruption followed by a twitch, a tic, and much sullen and ashen silence.   Helen MacInnes