A Stillness Exercise
A STILLNESS EXERCISE
Relax, let tensions fall away, concentrate on whatever you feel is the centre of yourself, listen to the atmosphere deep within yourself and pray.
Listen to all the sounds you can hear outside the room or area where you are. Donít push those sounds further away, but do not draw them any closer either. Just let them be Ė and in this way they need not be a distraction but, in fact, they will be absorbed into the whole. Then listen, or be aware of the sounds, or in particular, the people who are there, too. Once again, donít push them away, mentally, but donít draw them any closer. Just leave each person to be themselves.
Now be aware of yourself: your feet firmly on the ground; your legs; be aware that you are sitting, standing or lying down. Try to relax your back and shoulders. Let the muscles in your neck relax as a way of letting tensions fall away. Be conscious of your arms and hands right to the end of your fingerprints. Try to consciously relax the muscles in your face. Then bring your concentration to rest at whatever you feel is the centre of yourself. Take one or two good breaths then let your breathing find its own level: donít force it; just breathe naturally. When you have consciously quietened down, then listen to the atmosphere deep within yourself and try to notice what is your prevailing feeling. It is this atmosphere which you will bring to prayer.
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