Stillness speaks. (Perhaps this is appropriate after last night’s party :-D)

Palm leaves in the sky


A silent whisper,
barely perceptible,
perfectly distinct,
rustles the leaves
of consciousness

Its message murmurs
of mundane magic,
teased to life
by the act of listening
into the Stillness

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

“No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.” – Lao Tzu

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” – Bruce Lee

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

“Believe nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself know to be true.”
– The Buddha

Synchronicity can be quite amazing. The message “stillness speaks” emerged in a recent meditation, prompting this post. WordPress and the genius Zemanta feature added the link to Eckhart Tolle’s book by that name. Despite being a big fan of his writing, I’d not come across it yet, so guess what I’ll be reading first in 2011 . . .

On that note, here’s wishing you all a WONDERFUL New Year – lots of love, health, wealth and happiness by the bucketful, interspersed with true stillness. ENJOY it, everyone!

And finally, heart-felt thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read this blog during 2010 and leave such lovely, supportive comments. You’re a collective treasure that we sincerely appreciate. THANK YOU!

About Naomi

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28 Responses to Stillness

  1. stillness and peace are the things we so often lack. thank you for that one.

    Wishing you a year of wornderful happenings, achievement and fulfillment to make you content with life and always ready for more

  2. Yes!
    and happy new year my dear friend Naomi.
    You were one of many many gifts I received in 2010. 😉

  3. You couldn’t have posted a more apt message if you tried, Naomi. I’ve just formulated another new year’s resolution: to try to return to my habit of meditating every day. Thank you for the right words at the right time: you always seem to find them. Happy New Year x

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Kate – and a truly special New Year to you!

      I’m right on that same page about meditating daily, so will look to you for inspiration if I stumble 😉

      Sunny hug from SA, OX

  4. Lance says:

    I just love the poem you have shared – what a beautiful gift, your writing is. Stillness…to hear something deeper within…

    Mmmm…I’m letting these words reach to my soul this morning…

    May this new year ahead be one that is filled with much joy and meaning for you…

    • Naomi says:

      Sincere thanks, Lance – you’re always so thoughtful 🙂

      Warmest wishes from SA back to you and yours for a stunning 2011!

      I’ll be over to your blog shortly to soak in more of your wisdom…

  5. nrhatch says:

    Thanks, Naomi. Perfect post to start the New Year.

    Even in the stillness, the cosmos swirls. Even when silence reigns, we hear its heartbeat.


  6. Cindy says:

    Thanks Naomi, and a very happy 2011 to you. xxx

  7. Jingle says:

    timeless moment when reading your words.
    brilliant wriitng…

    happy 2011.

  8. Heart says:

    Thank you for making me part of the collective treasure 😀
    And I love love love the poem, in stillness, in calm, I get a lot of ideas, because I seem to speak to myself.. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Great pleasure, Rachana, and thank you – you’re a special treat in our blogging circle 🙂

  10. Ollin says:

    Wonderful post. I’ve read Tolle’s Power of Now and A New Earth but have yet to read that book you mentioned. I am sure it is as enlightening as his other works.

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful quotes!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Ollin! Great to discover your fabulous site, and that you also write fiction 🙂 I found those two books quite phenomenal, so am looking forward to this one.

  11. You know this is my kind of poem. Lovely.

  12. Thanks, Jamie…I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start 🙂

  13. Tokeloshe says:


    Best for the New Year for you and your family.

  14. Thanks a ton, Tok – and a Fabulous year to you and yours too!

  15. Tammy McLeod says:

    Thanks for a fitting post Naomi! Looking forward to our 2011.

  16. timkeen40 says:

    Great poem.

    And Believe only what you yourself know to be true.

    I think I might read up on this…
    The Buddha

  17. I have read every single thing Herman Hesse wrote. I never found much stillness and peace. Most seemed an endless quest for meaning and identity and understanding. All of which, however, did bring a degree of acceptance. Perhaps I missed something.

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you for sharing that experience, Carl – and leaving a link to your entertaining blog!

      I haven’t read any of Herman Hesse’s writing, but liked this quote. I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy the rest, given your comments, especially after persevering through all of it 🙂

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