30 Days of Inspiration (#16: Be Still)

March is celebrated as Spiritual Wellness Month. It is a time to reflect on the values, ethics and morals that add value and give meaning to your life. Here at diGJamaica, we’re going on a quest for 30 days of inspiration: extracting the common principles from different religions and systems of belief that help their followers to find inner peace, purpose and direction. Each day for the month of March, we will be sharing another principle with you. Join us as we embark on this journey to spiritual wellness.


What we’ve covered so far:


Be Still

You’ve heard this before: Be still. Let the noise inside you dissolve into a deep quiet and calm. Stillness evokes imagery of a quiet day by the beach, with the waters making barely a ripple. When you hear the word stillness, you think of absolutely no movement. Your mind conjures up images of complete silence.

One of the chief aims of any religious practice is for persons to attain this kind of serenity internally. You want to get to a state where, no matter what happens in your life, you remain calm and undisturbed. Fact is, life presents us with many situations that tempt us into incessant noise and business. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that go through many of our days in a frenzied hurry. We rush to get to places on time, hurry to meet deadlines, worry about impressing other people, worry about whether we’re meeting our goals and making progress. We get distressed about our children and loved ones … it can sometimes seem like an emotional roller coaster, with nary a minute to catch our breaths and sit alone with the quietness of our own thoughts.

Today, let us strive for stillness. Let’s take the words of the Desiderata, which encourages us to: “remember what peace there may be in silence”. Especially in the moments when you feel like falling into anxiety and fear, remember to stay calm, not worry, and just be still. As the Desiderata says: “Whether or not it is clear to you / No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” So be still. Trust and be still.

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