inspired by one of Eckhart Tolle’s videos where he talks about stillness. he used an example with flowers and it’s been stuck in my head since 🌸 the video’s lost in my youtube history but i found some excerpts online. you can google “stillness speaks” by Tolle on Ecomail for the whole excerpt.
“When you recognize the sacredness, the beauty, the incredible stillness and dignity in which a flower or a tree exists, you add something to the flower or tree. Through your recognition, your awareness, nature too comes to know itself. It comes to know its own beauty and sacredness through you.”
“To bring your attention to a stone, a tree, or an animal does not mean to think about it, but simply to perceive it, to hold it in your awareness. Something of it’s essence then transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is, and in doing so the same stillness arises within you. You sense how deeply it rests in Being - completely at one with what it is and where it is. In realizing this, you too come to a place of deep rest within yourself.”
“Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that beauty of nature does not exist for them. They might say, ‘What a pretty flower,’ but that’s just a mechanical mental labeling. Because they are not still, not present, they don’t truly see the flower, don’t feel it’s essence, it’s holiness- just as they don’t know themselves, don’t feel their own essence, their own holiness.”
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