Recently I tweeted, “God can’t express through you as long as you are busy with your plans…your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek inspiration…”, listen, trust & obey! That was one of the many gems of wisdom we (my fellow MasterKey Masterminders and I) pondered this week.
Further we were challenged to consider the fact that “Over-work or over play or over-bodily activity of any kind produces conditions of mental apathy and stagnation. It makes it impossible to do the more important work which results in a realization of conscious power. We should therefore seek silence frequently. Power comes through repose (rest); it is in the Silence that we can be still, and when we are still, we can think, and thought is the secret of all attainment.”
These are such powerful reminders or in some cases admonishments for each of us. We can, and I dare say must intentionally get off the treadmill life so generously invites us on and instead, choose to get quiet, be still. Sitting still and quiet for 15 minutes or more daily is part of our process and it truly is transformational. While sitting you can do one of two things: Think on the desired outcome at any given point you designate or purely sit and listen to God speaking and directing you toward your next step. I believe God is always speaking (directly or indirectly) and my challenge and perhaps yours as well is that we are too busy and in too noisy an environment to hear Him.
Several years ago while providing Peak Performance Training to church leaders in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa), we challenged the participants to spend a good part of one afternoon anywhere they chose on the grounds in total silence. It was one of the most powerful and enlightening parts of the training. I will never forget that experience. It brought meaning to the familiar phrase, Silence is golden and indeed Stillness is divine. I can promise you that if you would begin to practice silence and stillness you will find a great deal of power and clarity as well.
Okay, enough chatter. I choose to end my contribution to your external stimulation and urge you to stop now, even if it’s for just a minute, turn everything off–television, radio, computer, cell phone ringer, etc. and experience a bit of silence and stillness. Do it now. Do it now! Do it now!!
Be Still…Be Quiet…Shhhh! Enjoy!