Stillness opens us to hushed realms that envelop our senses within fresh vistas: colors scintillate, textures surprise, harmonies thrill, sweetness soothes, and aromas satiate. Our spirits quicken and we are exceedingly glad.

Once there, we discover, anew, the wordless swirl of Creator-Love that enlivens our next breath and resonates within each cell in our bodies¾perhaps similar to that experienced by Adam and Eve in the Genesis story.

But how cultivate such stillness?

Within us lie discordant voices that seduce, that insinuate, that cajole, that clamor¾activated by subtle or monstrous fears within our psyches or the world around us. The illusion of being trapped overwhelms and disembowels our spirits. We feel helpless.

1 Kings, 19: 11-13 reminds us to – “Be still and know that I am God.” Within such stillness, we’re refreshed, until the next upheaval and the next recourse to Creator-Love.