Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
To cultivate every healthy relationship we need periods of stillness and silence. Historically, and in the world today, both women and men experience being silenced. You, like me, may remember old scripts: do not speak until spoken to; be quiet in the presence of your elders; be seen and not heard; defer to your spouse; take a time out in the corner; and so forth.
God desires a different type of silence. God invites us to cultivate stillness—silence with depth. Imagine a pond, surface silky smooth, until wind ripples a pattern. Or, as water heats in a kettle and begins to reach temperature, bubbles of movement dance.
We have feelings, emotions, thoughts, and sensations to express and share. The rich silence in our depth gives rise to creativity and new life, an expression of personhood. This kind of silence and stillness abruptly contrasts to being silenced, dismissed, or diminished.
The depth of cultivating inner stillness gives rise to courage, wisdom, discernment, and passion. When we nestle into an expansive place of stillness, even for a brief minute, we begin to see clearly. We become responsive, less reactive. We are able to perceive what is real and enduring. We hold onto ourselves, and have substance to offer to God and to others.
Take several deep breaths, allowing your belly to expand, and let go. Find a pulse spot on your body. Feel your heartbeat. Continue to feel your pulse, then with focus and intention, read Psalm 46:10. Pause between each line for as much or as little time as you want.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Today I will savor in my heart … every time I feel agitated, irritable, fragmented, or delighted a whisper of, Be … Be … Be …