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  • Bob Holmes

Practicing Stillness

Ever felt like you’re moving in slow motion?

Sometimes it hits me. I wake up feeling myself moving in slow motion. The sensations are incredible. It’s like moving and feeling the life flowing within and all around me…like learning to move in stillness.

Everything Begins With God

All spirituality begins with God, and not us. The fact that you have a yearning you don’t understand. You yearn for something you can’t quite put your finger on, that should tell you something.

God begins by drawing us into the dance, we can’t understand, conceive of, or even see…dancing in the choreography of the Trinity with God. Dancing in the choreography of heaven.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu Yet our one step can be the journey of a thousand miles home.

Centering Prayer

It may seem like a lot at first, but everyone starts out this way.

No one learns to manage the big things first. We first learn to manage small things. We learn to practice with our whole attention focused on that one still moment in time. Our still point is the threshold we cross to awaken. We become that still point as the world turns, moving from Chronos to Kairos time, into the living present.

The softness of our attention moves us around any obstacle in stillness, like water in a stream.

The Intention and The Attention of Our Heart

So our focus isn’t the force of our will. Our focus is the intention and the attention of our heart, and of our whole being toward that still point, that once crossed, expands us into who we really are, created in the image and likeness of the very ‘I am that I am’. Through Jesus, we enter the holy of holies, dwelling, soaking in the presence of God.

All time falls away, swallowed up by eternity in the presence of God.

Within & Without You

Any good spiritual practice trains us to exercise our spiritual muscles. We practice our spirit for 10 to 25 minutes and generally don’t notice anything for several weeks. And then Bam, it hits us, like awakening from sleep. All those little bits of practice add up, redefining the networks of our brain, as we set ourselves up for our daily encounter.

Our body even senses it, like moving in the water, slow fluid movements in stillness. It’s amazing. Jesus prayed, ‘Thy Kingdom Come,” and it begins happening to our waking eyes. We are abiding in the vine and experiencing the life flow of God from within, through, and around us.

And so begins the integration of the spiritual within our soul and within our body, even on a subatomic level. We discern with open eyes, listen with open hearts, and we hear, ‘apart from me you can do nothing.’ We are one.



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