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Finding Serenity and Feeling Life

I am aware of the birds chirping in the trees behind my townhouse, even with some of the other noises that I hear. It reminds me that I simply have to listen.

Quieting our minds so that we can listen to what there is besides the constant chatter and movement in our lives is so very important to us, if we want to find serenity.

No matter where we are, no matter what the circumstance, if we are able to be this aware, there can be a moment of serenity and peace in our beings. This is a state that we do not often understand.

Eckhart Tolle writes in Stillness Speaks : “Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.”

Let my mind and body be in the now today to see and feel the aliveness in the world, no matter where I am or what I am doing.

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Rufuszen wrote on September 28, 2015, 11:28 AM

I am listening to the neighbours mowing the lawn, a little bit of sun and they all go gardening and DIY mad!

markgraham wrote on September 28, 2015, 11:28 AM

This is hard lesson to learn in this world of today and I am with you we all need to just be still and listen to the world that is around us wherever we are in the world.
We have to have and show patience even this is hard to do.

msiduri wrote on September 28, 2015, 12:08 PM

I think that's one of the reasons why I like early mornings so much. Everything is nice and quiet (except maybe the ice maker, but with this heat, I'm not turning THAT off), and you can just listen.

Feisty56 wrote on September 28, 2015, 12:35 PM

I know exactly what you are saying and what you mean. Starting 10 years ago or so, I began tuning into nature and my surroundings, first as a way to escape my anxious thoughts, then just to be.

I thrill inwardly at things other people might not notice -- such as the other day when I was sitting in my yard. It was still in the neighborhood. I could hear the unmistakable sounds of a squirrel munching on a nut, almost as if the animal was right next to me. I looked about the yard, and there in the tree at the back of the yard, sure enough, there was a squirrel in the crotch of the tree, enjoying a meal. I shared this observation with my son and his fiance. Needless to say, they didn't understand how something such as this could be noteworthy. It's okay, they are just not there yet.

LoudMan wrote on September 28, 2015, 2:37 PM

You can even bang on de drum all day.

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LoudMan wrote on September 28, 2015, 2:39 PM

Now, as you find yourself relaxed and quiet, Imagine yourself having what you really want, as if you already have it.

butchiepoo wrote on September 28, 2015, 3:25 PM

The only time I can honestly say that I experience sweet serenity is when I am worshiping Jesus Christ. Everything just fades away and it's Him and I O what a wonderful sweet serenity.

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:13 PM

And I would say that the energy behind that is the feeling of the life of the grass as it is growing, and the smell of it as it is being mowed. A deeper sense of all that lives and the wonder of it...

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:14 PM

And yes, the lesson is not in things being quiet, but in the stillness that we can feel when the noise is around us. And still be present while hearing it.

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:15 PM

And the energy of the ice maker to produce ice that will cool you on a warmer day, or make the taste of something much brighter.... emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:15 PM

why, yes. The feeling of the touch of the keyboard. The rhythms of communication....

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:17 PM

Yes, and based on comments we read regularly, there are some who are not yet ready...or there.

Now...as far as you paying attention to nuts... emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:17 PM

I already have what I really want.

Life.

CoralLevang wrote on September 28, 2015, 5:18 PM

Some use the focus of a G/god, and prayer. That is what is working for you. That is a good thing. emoticon :smile:

msiduri wrote on September 28, 2015, 6:08 PM

Ice water, ice water,
problem and heat blotter,
where would I be without you,
ice water?

emoticon :winking:

Paulie wrote on September 29, 2015, 3:32 AM

I think many people meditate to find serenity and feeling in life. I have never meditated, but think it would be a good thing to do for a few minutes every day. Have you ever meditated?

CoralLevang wrote on September 29, 2015, 4:43 AM

Yes, I have, and need to start back again. It, for me, serves a purpose of grounding, much as prayer and worship do for those in a variety of organized religions.

MegL wrote on October 1, 2015, 1:24 AM

It is so important just to be able to be still and not even actively listen, just be. It's something I find very useful but I have to remember to do it and don't take the time often enough.