The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
‘Purpose’ is defined as the reason something is done or created, or for which something/someone exists. The ultimate purpose, the purpose for human life itself, has been the subject of enquiry down the millennia. Modern-day individualistic schisms and behaviours put us at distance from the equally commonly held belief that everything and everyone is connected. Within that, most people still adhere to the idea that purpose is attached to the character and call of God, the Creator, and follow a path of enquiry, belief, faith system, or set of principles and values, to hold the boundaries of our lives.
The following are a sample of sayings and directions handed down about the importance of stillness for our well-being.
“Be still and know that I am God’ Psalm 46:10 The Christian Bible.
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and founder of philosophical Taoism
“Listen to the silence. The scriptures declare that our fundamental error is wrong identification. It means, so to speak, that we have left the silence and been caught up in the noise”. Hindu Swami Atmaswarupananda
“My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires” Sufi philosopher Inayat Khan”
“The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.” Poet and Islamic Scholar, Rumi.
No matter what the faith system – or lack of it – purpose offers meaning and direction in life and can shape our character and direct our actions as we live.
So how do we achieve the silence and stillness necessary for the revelation and nourishment of that purpose?
First, be still.
Silence is the Mother of the Spirit, a warm place in the heart, a place of clarity and insight. Silence protects us, and prepares us to hear beyond our own noisy selves. The stillness derived from silence opens us to the possibility of having a purpose driven life.
As silence is the absence of sound, so stillness is the absence of movement. To still the mind is not to be absent from it, but fully present to it. If we are present to mind rather than the thoughts that continually arise and pass away through it, a sense of deep stillness of being can be achieved. A stillness of being that fully encompasses the moment-by-moment experiences of the mind and body, but without being caught up in it.
From the standpoint of mindfulness, this state is recognised as being aware.
For all faiths and beliefs, the nature and practice of a life of purpose can often be revealed by being still and allowing awareness from within and without; hence stillness is a pillar upholding purpose.
How will you find stillness today? How will you find the silence in which to heal and restore your connection to self, to the Creator, and to transcend and transform life itself?
Mindful meditations and contemplations here …