Oh my…the idea of having a “still and quiet mind”…
ahhh, that sounds soooo good.
Well, I’m working on that, but certainly have a way to go.
Last summer, my husband Peter, my daughter Julie and I hiked to this very still and quiet little pond in the White Mountains of New Hampshire….Greeley Pond. It was sooo quiet and still….just remarkable.
After I saw this photo that we had taken,
it became an inspiration for me to practice quieting the mind…
through spending more time in nature, meditating …
and just taking more quiet time for myself at home.
It seems to take lots of “practice”, on an ongoing basis, to develop a mind that has more “stillness”…and sometimes, at least for me, consistent practice can be a bit of a challenge….but I continue to sit and practice on a “mostly regular” basis.
I printed that “Stillness” photo on clear, plastic transparencies, laminated them…and put them in windows…the window hangers are actually quite ethereal, the way they catch the light and reflection…definitely calming and soothing… a welcome relief after a busy day.
Oh…I would LOVE to have easy and ongoing access
to that “still and quiet mind”….
August 8: this is another image/post that I’ve brought up from the earlier posts. I’ve been a bit “stirred up” throughout the past few days, (well….10 days!) so would like this image right here to possibly help me settle. (????) An added note about “sitting” quietly or meditating… for me, I tend to get worn out hearing that “chattering mind”…sometimes called “the monkey mind”….jumping around, chattering away….it seems to be incessant at times…really quite amazing how challenging it can be, at times, to have the patience to sit there, coming back to following the breath and letting the mind quiet down. One strategy that I find helpful is to imagine having the sense of quiet in the photo…it really seems to help!