Keeping Quiet / A callarse By Pablo Neruda -Englsih translation by Stephen Mitchell
Now we will all count to twelve and we will all keep still.
This one time upon the earth, let’s not speak any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much.
It would be a delicious moment, without hurry, without locomotives, all of us would be together in a sudden uneasiness.
The fisherman in the cold sea would do no harm to the whales and the peasant gathering salt would look at his torn hands.
Those who prepare green wars, wars of gas, wars of fire, victories without survivors, would put on clean clothing and would walk alongside their brothers in the shade, without doing a thing.
What I want shouldn’t be confused with final inactivity: life alone is what matters, I want nothing to do with death.
If we weren’t unanimous about keeping our lives so much in motion, if we could perhaps do nothing for once, perhaps a great silence would interrupt this sadness, this never understanding ourselves and threatening ourselves with death, perhaps the earth is teaching us when everything seems to be dead and everything is alive.
Now I will count to twelve and you keep quiet and I’ll go.
Stillness- Excerpt from Dharma talk 6/17/2012
On the mat we open ourselves to becoming more comfortable with stillness. We enter into stillness when we pause in the spaces between the Breath. It is said in yoga that this is where the spirit resides- in the spaces between the Breath.
We work to create a relationship with quiet by continually drawing the mind inward and focusing on small details of alignment. Asana begins to teach us what being meditative feels like.
In savasana we are given an opportunity to truly enter stillness by releasing all effort from our practice and simply lie still and be.
In stillness our perspective changes because we are suddenly confronted with more mental or internal space than we have while moving in unconscious ways. When the mind is given more space, we can often find some ease there.
In speech- when we are still, silent, we give others an opportunity to express themselves and we learn how to listen without judgment. Silence is really the first step in learning to release our self from the activity of judging others.
So today while you practice, notice your moments of stillness and quiet. See if you can connect with something inside of you that resonates with this stillness.