We believe enlightenment needs stillness. Therefore, consciously awakened individuals desire silence. But, this search causes a paradox. It is a pursuit that often causes expectancies and demands. This is because of our need to place labels on everything. Obtaining enlightenment through stillness is one such label. So, we expect and demand tranquility as a prelude to the experience of enlightenment. Hence, this behavior causes a thirst that we usually cannot quench. But, silence is always prevailing. Being still is perhaps the most natural act of being. There is a slight whisper of stillness in the background of every person, every situation and every moment. Nevertheless, we must first learn how to experience it, unite with it, and essentially become it.
A movie scene depicts a massive tidal wave approaching the shoreline. The clock is ticking and danger is everywhere. The hero stands together with the woman that he loves. The camera zips between the tidal wave and the two people. The hero must jump over a gaping crevice, fight the bad guys, and jump in an airplane. He must do all this while carrying the woman that he loves. There is only a moment before the huge wave crashes into the shoreline. The water will completely devastate the land and destroy everything in its path.
Stillness Offers Love and Life
The hero remains calm. He picks up the woman, jumps the crevice, out-maneuvers the bad guys, and jumps in the plane with the girl. He does this with a smile. The tidal wave is already looming over the plane such as a huge open hand. The hero looks at the woman he loves. He pushes the plane ignition. But, nothing happens. The second attempt brings the plane engine to purring. The hero and his love glance at each other. He pulls her to his lips and they kiss. He confesses his deep love for her as their lips part after the kiss. She caresses his face. They continue to look into each other’s eyes. Then the hero says “I think it is time for us to go”. The plane rises and escapes the booming tidal wave.
The unfolding of this scene took exactly one minute. Of course, movie drama can get a little out of hand. But, still there is something for us to learn from this example. The hero experienced every situation in the moment (now). Furthermore, he was able to nurture the stillness that was there in the moment. He embraced it by physically and mentally remaining in a state of presence. Thus, stillness blossomed with a brilliant radiance. A timeless portal opens through the conscious act of being. He literally lived for the moment. Ultimately, we can say that he became one with life. Any given moment provides a portal to this infinity when we are consciously aware.
Wishing you a nice day!