And yet do we really know what stillness is?
Have we really felt what an amazing gift it is to be imbued with the quality of stillness?
We could easily think that stillness means not moving or making any noise, like sitting quietly in a chair or hiding behind a tree. However, stillness means something more than lack of movement, being calm, quiet or relaxed. It is a movement of energy that lives within all of us and holds the divine qualities of the universe.
We know that the universe has a rhythmic, cyclic and predictable way of being that is seemingly still, yet it is moving around and around the same point. If we look at the planets, stars, moon and even the sun, we can feel that there is more to them than just balls of matter, there is a magical energy about them that emanates mystery, knowledge and knowing. Aside from the daytime sun, which is amazingly radiant, there is also something exquisite about the night sky that tells us there is more to their sparkly passing than just a movement in the night.
When we look up to the stars at night they appear to be still, and yet we know they are moving. We could say they are moving in stillness. There is no rush, there is no delay, they move in perfect constellation, they are a part of our natural world and are held in its cycles. They move in a beautiful and graceful way, they cannot but confirm to us that they are part of a grand divine universe and therefore, so are we. They reflect the quality of stillness and the amazing magnificence and enormity that we come from.
Like the stars, planets and sun, our body also has a rhythmic, cyclic manner that can be impulsed under this same cyclic energy. It has a natural order and balance within its physical and physiological systems, like the harmony of the planets and stars revolving around the sun. It is through connecting to the quality of stillness that we can feel this same magnificence within ourselves.
Esoteric Yoga is a modality that supports us to reconnect back to this innate and natural way. A quality that lives within us yet we seem to live so far away from it.
Stillness is the greatest gift we can allow from within.
It is a quality that confirms the divine, natural, beautiful, soulful connection to ourselves and all of nature.
Photographer: Clayton Lloyd