by Naomi on January 1, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Inspiration

palm leaf against blue sky

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


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

Β©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!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

viewfromtheside January 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

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


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Thank you, Melanie – I sincerely appreciate and return your beautiful wishes πŸ™‚


the WORST mother January 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

and happy new year my dear friend Naomi.
You were one of many many gifts I received in 2010. πŸ˜‰


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thank you, Lin! Also for being one of the sparkly gifts that I received πŸ˜€ XO


kateshrewsday January 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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 January 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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 πŸ˜‰

Sunny hug from SA, OX


Lance January 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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 January 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Sincere thanks, Lance – you’re always so thoughtful πŸ™‚

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…


nrhatch January 2, 2011 at 1:00 am

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

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



Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Exquisitely said, thanks Nancy! Namaste, soulful one πŸ™‚


Cindy January 2, 2011 at 6:22 am

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


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Thank you, Cin πŸ™‚ May your 2011 totally rock! XO


Jingle January 3, 2011 at 5:31 am

timeless moment when reading your words.
brilliant wriitng…

happy 2011.


Naomi January 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thank you, Jingle, and a super special year to you too!


Heart January 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Thank you for making me part of the collective treasure πŸ˜€
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!


Naomi Estment January 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Great pleasure, Rachana, and thank you – you’re a special treat in our blogging circle πŸ™‚


Ollin January 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

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 January 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

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


Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

You know this is my kind of poem. Lovely.


Naomi Estment January 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thanks, Jamie…I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe January 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm


Best for the New Year for you and your family.


Naomi Estment January 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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


Tammy McLeod January 8, 2011 at 1:05 am

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


Naomi January 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Me too, Tammy! Thank you πŸ™‚


timkeen40 January 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

Great poem.

And Believe only what you yourself know to be true.

I think I might read up on this…
The Buddha


Naomi January 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

Thank you, Tim. That struck me deeply too πŸ™‚


carldagostino January 18, 2011 at 12:36 am

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 January 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

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 πŸ™‚


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