More Tranquil Moments…

 In Reflections

“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.” —Indra Devi

“Hours of tranquility,” the nature video promised in its title. Ahh…

While drawn to that promise, experiencing more tranquil moments scattered throughout the day feels more achievable right now. Surely these brief experiences of tranquility can help us open to more.

Conversations with others tells me I’m not alone in seeking more inner peace, moments of calm, times of stillness and quiet.
“Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility…”
―John O’Donohue

Seeking a poem for today’s theme of tranquility, I was struck by the wisdom John O’Donohue shared in his blessing, After A Destructive Encounter. While we may not have recently experienced a destructive encounter with someone, the effect global “destructive encounters” like the pandemic may be having on us is worth exploring. Sometimes withdrawing for a while is what we need to experience the tranquility that reminds us of who we are and all that we’re capable of.

Are you in need of more tranquil moments right now? If you can’t get away for a silent retreat or solitary walk in the woods, try to carve out moments of time for gazing at an image, listening to music or sounds of nature, or practicing meditation to bring you to moments of inner stillness and peace.

May the slower pace of summer support you in seeking and experiencing more tranquil moments.

The Main Source

“A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility.”
—The Dalai Lama

Refuge in Silence

“Take refuge in silence. You can be here or there or anywhere. Fixed in silence, established in the inner ‘I’, you can be as you are. The world will never perturb you if you are well founded upon the tranquility within.”
—Ramana Maharshi

After A Destructive Encounter

Now that you have entered with an open heart
Into a complex and fragile situation,
Hoping with patience and respect
To tread softly over sore ground in order
That somewhere beneath the raw estrangement
Some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed
To release the grace for a new journey
Beyond repetition and judgement,
And have achieved nothing of that,
But emerged helpless, and with added hurt…

Withdraw for a while into your own tranquillity,
Loosen from your heart the new fester.
Free yourself of the wounded gaze
That is not yet able to see you.
Recognize your responsibility for the past.
Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.
Draw deep from your own dignity.
Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,
And take your time carefully,
Learning that there is a time for everything
And for healing too,
But that now is not that time… yet.

John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

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