Be Still.

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I hope you will really look at and think about this picture. Think about how fleeting this kind of stillness on water is — a falling leaf, a little fish, even the wind could easily disrupt it. I think that is why it is so beautiful to witness. You instinctively know that this kind of stillness cannot last long.

Because the Spirit is often described as a still, small voice, it is also important to have a time of quiet in our lives as well. The Lord has counseled us to “be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10) If we provide a still and quiet time each day when we are not bombarded by television, computer, video games, or personal electronic devices, we allow that still, small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation and to whisper sweet guidance, reassurance, and comfort to us.

I read this in a talk yesterday from the recent general conference of my church. Later in the morning I attended the first session of a 40-day yoga experience, where I committed to find 5 minutes of stillness every morning and every evening. In other words, I’m going to learn how to meditate. I already start my day with quiet time that involves prayer and reading, but I’m now going to preface this time with 5 minutes (I’m sure I’ll have to work up to this) of absolute stillness … I’ll report back.

In the meantime, perhaps you could join me in creating more stillness, even if it is fleeting,  in your daily routine.

Thoughts?

Comments

  1. miki thompson says:

    beautiful…just a beautiful picture and thought

  2. I’m trying to picture how I’ll get five minutes alone with a three year old. I may have to do this when she goes to bed at night or on the days she has preschool. I think those five minutes would be nice to center myself and remember what’s important in life.

  3. I like the idea Stacy, I’m not a religious person but I can still appreciate how good it is for the soul to simply stop and take stock and I think it’s only then that you can truly appreciate what’s happening around you. I love it when I manage to get up a bit before my husband and enjoy a nice cup of tea sitting on our sofa and watching the morning begin through the branches of the tree in front of our lounge window.

    …be still…..breathe…. appreciate….smile

    I’m going to try to start each morning like this. X

  4. I have been wanting to learn how to meditate and I agree I could probably learn alot by stopping and being still. I’m going to try this too. Thanks for this post, I love it when you post what you are thinking. Have a great day.

  5. Love the photo…fits perfectly with my favorite Bible verse (Psalm 46:10).

  6. Great thought. You’re have really inspired me to think about my spirituality. I guess it’s something that I have though about- but haven’t done much about lately adn I can feel the void! As a LDS sometimes we float by because we go to church evry Sunday and think that is enough. Your thoughts recently have really jumpstarted me. Thank you!

  7. Georgous picture! Sometimes when falling asleep or waking up I take a few minutes to breathe deeply (really deeply) and slowly. I don’t do this often enough and should really do this more often.

  8. That picture is amazing. A good visual representation of stillness. I know I can find time for stillness, but I just need to remember to do it. I know it is something that I would benefit from. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Wow!… is all I can think to say right now. Very profound words, and I immediately thought of that Bible verse when I looked at the title of your blog today. The photo is beautiful. Stillness in itself is a miracle. Like you said about the water being so still, and undisturbed. If only for a moment. I have never meditated before, and not really quite sure how to do it. When you are sitting in silence, are you still thinking? Or are you saying verses over and over in your head? Or are you imagining that you are somewhere else? Sorry, I’ve always wondered those things.

    You will laugh when I tell you that for my birthday (which is a couple of weeks from now), I told my husband that I wanted him to order me some things that I had seen on various websites, your’s included. So (since I know what I am getting) he ordered me some of your favorite things to try… such as… Betty Jo’s body wash, Basic floor cleaner, and the lip balm. He also ordered me some scented candles that were recommended highly on Lisa Bearnson’s blog. He knows I like to try things that have been recommended by word of mouth. I’m not much of a shopper, and I’m not much of a guinee pig either. I’m hoping to like them as much as you do.

    I do have a funny question, and you don’t have to answer it if you don’t want to, but I’m curious, is all. I live in the midwest, and although there are a few LDS churches in the area, I don’t know anyone personally who is LDS. My family is Christian, and from reading your blog, LDS sounds very much like Christian. So what I am curious about is why a lot of Christians give the LDS Churches such a hard time. Is everything that I grew up hearing a misconception? All I can say is that I wouldn’t be surprised. You see, I also heard a lot of stigma about Catholic churches while growing up, and learned later on in life that everything I had heard was totally misconstrued. I am now assuming that because LDS members study the Bible and believe in Jesus Christ, that what I had heard was a misconception too. I hope I’m not offending you, I’m just curious, and would like to know the truth. Athough we live in such deversified times now, I still think there is a lot of religious segregation, and for no reason. I don’t know, you don’t have to answer me if you don’t want to. I’d like to be able to tell the people that are judging the LDS church, that they are totally wrong. In fact I wonder if we could learn a lot from you all.

    • Amy,

      Thank you so much for your comment and your questions. As a latter-day saint (saint just means “member”) I am a Christian. I strive to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I accept and worship Him as my personal savior.

      There is a generally fear, misinformation and misconception around things that we don’t fully understand. Unfortunately it is our ‘human’ nature to doubt and fear. I love how you said, “I’m just curious, and would like to know the truth” — that attitude is the start of any important discovery and I really appreciate your openness.

      You can find good and right information about the LDS faith at http://www.Mormon.org — I would encourage you to go there.

      The bottom line for me is that there are so many good people in different churches that we ought to focus on the faith we have in common — we are all in this together.

      stacy

      • Oh, Stacy… I just knew it! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now, and just by the way that you talked about God, I knew that you must be a Christian. I do agree that people are misinformed out of fear, and it’s nothing but a disgrace. Thanks so much, for all you do! Thanks for the website link also :) Love ya, Stacy!

        Amy

  10. I am just trying to meditate for 1 minute at a time. Being completely still is extremely difficult, so start with a short time (maybe 15-20 seconds) and when you can do that, slowly ramp up. I think that only the very expert can be truly still for longer than 5 minutes!
    It’s not the physical body that can’t be still, it’s that darned brain. Thinking, thinking, thinking. Thinking about being still – oops, that’s still thinking!
    Yup, it’s hard alright – but SO worth trying to do.
    The most ‘together’ people I know are those who mediate.
    Go well with your practice, and remember that there are people all over the world practising too!

    • Margot –
      I can be *still* for about 20 seconds right now … so I’m definitely working up to 5 minutes. Once of the reasons I like yoga so much is it emphasizes the “practice” part. You must continue to practice with the understanding that you will never master it — so much like life. Just because we cannot be perfect, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try!

      Thanks for reading my blog.

  11. That photo is truly an inspiration and I thought of those very Bible words when I looked at it. I could use a little ‘stillness’ time in my life and this is as good a time to start as any. Thanks.

  12. Vanessa Lewis says:

    What an inspiring photo!

    It reminds me of when I used to take yoga, and the instructor would have us all lay completely still at the end. So calming and pleasant. I think it’s a good reminder that we need to carve out some quiet time for ourselves.

  13. Excellent post – and I also do my best to start my day off with time with God each morning – but understand completely the difference between that and absolute stillness with Him – sitting alone and QUIET [me not talking / praying] and just listening to what He wants me to know – those extended times don’t happen often enough for me – and I treasure them.

    Love your love for the Lord and how openly you share. As a christian, I believe that there are followers of Christ in all religions, and while we may not all agree on some of the “add-on” beliefs [and ALL religions have those] if we believe that Jesus died for our sins as a way to reunite us with our Father – that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life – then we’re all one in spirit. While we’ve only met briefly a few years ago, I consider you one of my sisters in Christ, and I know God has great things for you!

  14. Stacy, do you have any credits for the image? I like to blow it up on a canvas.

    • Yikes, I pulled this image off what appears to be an abandoned blog — there were no credits there. Not sure what to tell you.

      I should have at least written “source unknown” — doing that now!
      sj

  15. Well, I am a Christian and very much enjoyed your post. And although I would like to add a reply about how moved I was and how thought-provoking this picture was, I have to tell you the truth…it made me laugh. Why? Because as I was reading this post, my 4 year old came in, looked over my shoulder and simply stated in his cute little voice:
    “Did someone fall off that boat?” Then he left the room! So this beautiful “still” picture makes me realize how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE being Beau’s mom!

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