Thursday, April 24, 2008

Be Still and Know by Saralee Sky

I have reached a point in my life where I understand the pain and the challenges; and my attitude is one of standing up with open arms to meet them all. Myrlie Evers

I have certainly reached a point in my own life where I have seen crises come and go, experienced the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows, the births and deaths of loved ones. I am seasoned by life. Years of meditation and self-inquiry have helped me to stay more calm and centered through life's ups and downs, though that fabled detachment has yet to really settle in.

Here am I embarking on my 59th year on Planet Earth and I am still struggling to really LET GO and LET GOD.

I was re-reading the book, The Impersonal Life, and in this book we are told: "Be still! - and KNOW - I AM - God."

We are told to study these words, to search out their hidden potency, to say them a thousand times a day until every cell of our body thrills in joyful response to the command, "Be Still," and instantly obeys.

I am partiularly bad at repeating mantras, so I pondered how I was going to keep these words circulating in my mind. I "asked" for a melody to come to me that could accompany these words, and - as I was vacuuming the living room - a melody started going round in my head. I ran upstairs and started playing it on my harmonium and soon another part of the melody also emerged.

Now I sing the melody throughout the day as I go about my tasks. Someday I hope this little nigun, this sacred melody will transport me until I can really Be Still and KNOW!