Sunday, August 3, 2014
"Sunday Stillness" could be the alternate title for today's "Sunday Smiles." Do you ever feel like your day has a theme? My Sunday could be summed up in one word; "still." The photo above was taken on my kayak ride in the morning. At one point I had realized that it was so quiet and still out, that I could hear things that would normally be drowned out, and or gone unnoticed, by the sounds and activities of motor boats and people. I could hear a waterfall and a few distinctive birds. The lake stayed relatively calm and still the rest of the day, and I spent, along with my sister and mom, a good portion of it just sitting and reading in the perfect stillness. It was a much needed contrast to the busy, tiring (but fun!) day Saturday. Having a chance to quiet the mind is certainly cause for smiles.
In fact, I think stillness, having with it a quality of expansiveness, has plenty of room for smiles. Sitting still, noticing the quiet, it was as if I could feel the stillness continue to blissfully expand. At the risk of sounding (perhaps more) batty by further pontificating, I'd go so far as to say that the verge of a paradox, being comprised of both the infinite and a joyous fullness, could be felt.
There's a quote by Lao Tzu that says: "Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity." What do you think?