Thursday, February 25, 2021

Cultivating Stillness

The best tool for cultivating a capacity to respond quickly and powerfully to fast moving circumstances is the cultivation of stillness. That’s why meditation is the best preparation for the urgency of [the times we are living through]. It prepares the nervous system to act quickly without wasting energy or leaking life force.

We can’t achieve the transformational possibilities of this moment unless we’re willing to build the internal musculature that will give us the strength to do so.

It’s nothing we can get to by rational or psychological analysis alone, accumulating more data, or by doing more work of any external kind. Inner peace comes from inner work. It builds non-reactivity. It builds detachment. It builds courage. It builds insight and intuition. It deepens the mind. It expands the heart. And through us it will build a new world.

Marianne Williamson
via Facebook
February 19, 2021

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
In the Garden of Spirituality – Marianne Williamson
In the Garden of Spirituality – Hazrat Inayat Khan
Diarmuid O'Murchú on Our Capacity to Meditate
Thoughts on Christian Meditation | II | III | IV | V
The Source Is Within You
Michael Morwood on the Divine Presence | II | III
A Return to the Spirit
November Musings
Carrying It On . . . Into the New Year
Active Waiting: A Radical Attitude Toward Life
As the Last Walls Dissolve . . . Everything is Possible
The Most Sacred and Simple Mystery of All
Prayer of the Week – November 24, 2014

Image 1: My prayer shrine, the focal point of my morning meditation.
Image 2: Cultivating stillness in one of my favorite places to do so: nature.

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