Stillness Speaks – Chapter 1

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Silence & Stillness

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.  When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. – Eckhart Tolle

In an earlier post I mentioned that I will examine each chapter and I encourage open discussions as I post some of Eckhart’s teachings.

I’m hopeful we will each learn something that we can use in our daily lives. Ok, back to the book.

I found it very powerful and deep on one level but then again simplicity at its best on many other levels.  Silence can and should be used whenever possible to allow us to break free from the daily noise.  We often think of silence as punishment due to some crazy notion that society burdened us with and our parents gleeful acceptance of nonsensical thinking didn’t help.

Go to your room and be quiet” we were told as kids.  That was then, however now it’s freeing to Go to my room and be quiet. 

Eckhart reverberates how essential stillness is in our lives.  Stillness is your essential nature he states.

The Inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts.  Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world.  You are the awareness, disguised as a person.- Eckhart Tolle

  • External noise = Inner noise of thinking
  • External silence = Inner stillness

By listening to silence, stillness awakens inside.  Only through stillness one can be aware of silence.  At first It’s kind of a strange concept to grasp, however once you get it things fall into place.

True intelligence operates silently.  Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. – Eckhart Tolle

In my experience I have found this to be dead on.  Some of us need solitude and quiet space to process the issues and their possible solutions, hence we just experienced true intelligence operating silently at work.

In a brief summary this chapter delves into the importance of utilizing silence and stillness as tools to gather our thoughts.  Let stillness direct your words and actions.

I will continue with Chapter 2 in a future post.

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