Be Still and Know …

“A Scene of Life,” Creativity Journey Day 28

If you are a Christian, you know the rest of the Biblical quote in the title. I do too, even though (despite being raised as Catholic) I consider myself to be spiritual rather than religious. Nonetheless, it appeared in my thoughts yesterday. I was out for a walk on the most glorious day one could imagine – lovely warm autumn weather, sunny, the trees in the midst of their big colorful change. Just wonderful. There can be a stillness in a slow walk and I wanted to feel it. I did to some extent. I wanted to immerse myself in it. The chatter in my brain wouldn’t let me get there.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

A year ago, the glory of such a day wouldn’t even have registered with me. In the meantime, I’ve become closer to the stillness within. Although I usually just reach the edges of it, I know it’s real. It is my belief that this is where God is seen and understood.

I perhaps noticed it first through meditating. When I was able to keep physically quite still, I could feel the sense of peace. It seems to be expanding from there. I feel “present” more often than I used to. When I’m out for a walk, I notice wonder where I had not been seeing it – in “ordinary” leaves, perhaps, or a mushroom growing in a little natural nook. And so, I’m thrilled with the perfection of today’s drawing, which happened to be the next one in line to post.

[Update 10/30/21: This Gabby Bernstein clip is just so perfect with respect to this post, I had to come back and add it in. Enjoy!]

Wishing you stillness, peace, and all the wonder arising from it; today and every day.

Monica

Published by lalalamonique

Artist and fabric designer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY State.

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