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.
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.