When I tell people that I’m grateful for being sick with the flu for a few days, they tend to give me confused looks & change the subject. It’s really not that odd when you stop to consider it.
For 2 years, I’ve been getting the same message whether I journal, journey, meditate, or pray- “Be Still.” I thought by meditating & praying I was being still. Apparently not.
It wasn’t until I got sick that I understood the magnitude of those words & came to appreciate their profound meaning. For days, I only did what was needed to survive- sleep, drink ginger ale, & try to eat a few crackers. There was no artwork, no writing, no chores, no errands… not even any spiritual practices that I lovingly do daily. My mind was completely still. I didn’t even dream! (That’s highly unusual for me as I can recall between 2-5 dreams per night on average.)
Stillness is so important for balance. Think of your typical day; where is the stillness?
I believe the Divine speaks to us in a gentle whisper, at first. However, if we ignore the message, it speaks more loudly to get our attention. The flu was a way to get my attention.
For many of us, being still is a real challenge. I’m asking you to give it a try, even for just 20 minutes. Sit somewhere in total silence & listen. Is there a message that you need to hear?