Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

How to Stop the World and Be Still

There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to

introduce you to the secrets of yourself.

In one respect, everything about one’s spiritual life is so terribly simple. There is only one time and one way in which to be still, and that is to be still.

So the first thing is to understand that we don’t need to stop the world. What we need to do is understand that the world whirling around us is the world of our own reactions. It isn’t until we can start to see some of this that it becomes possible for us to realize that it isn’t our task to stop our own mind. If we can see clearly our reactions and our identification with the reactions, then we can realize the way to stop the world is to understand that it’s not our world that is moving. It’s not our world that is in jeopardy. It’s not our world that is caught in fear. That’s how the world stops. There is nothing we can do. Everything we’ve tried to do to stop our mind, to be quiet, contradicts the wish we have because it is a form of resistance. 
It is not a curse that the only way to be still is to be still. It just means that you have to wade into your own life. That is what meditation is. Meditation isn’t just sitting someplace with your eyes closed. Meditation is a constant, direct relationship with the sum of yourself in the moment. When one is truly meditative there is always stillness, because the act of meditation takes place from the awareness of movement instead of being a captive of movement through reacting to it. 
When its time to be still, let yourself be still… and just see all that isn’t. Then don’t react or identify with all that isn’t. Let all that isn’t reveal all that isn’t you — meaning all the noise, the fitfulness pulling you left and right, revisiting the past, planning the future, getting caught up with how much you want to be a good spiritual person. Watch it all. If you work at this, and are willing to enter into it, slowly and certainly you will begin to realize that the reason you have not been able to be still is because you have not understood that who you are is not the noise.
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  • Gloria

    Thank You for sharing…made it much more clear to me..

  • Pat Mackondy

    When I was 19 and a member of the US Army stationed in Germany, I spent much time in the enlisted mans library. Trying to find something that could help me make it through life…mentally!
    I found a book entitled HOW TO MAKE IT THROUGH LIFE BY CONTROLLING YOUR MIND….The phraseology below has stayed with me ever since
    reading it…I am not perfect, but I am constantly looking for good suggestions that makes life a bit more understanding….
    1. The environmental presures around us…
    2. Our animal and biological inner tensions….and…
    3. The evaluations and interpretations we give to what happens within and outside ourselves…
    I am 74 years old now and still refer to the above theory to keep me going…and I have been through some TOUGH times and situations!

  • Baba-Pear-Sun

    Thanks 4 yr thoughts; it’s Thursday 22nd
    July; & I Trully Give Thanks! 4 the words
    that are Shared over the spectrum of Spirit
    existance; Thank U Pat’ as an Elder, 4 yr
    Thoughts; I’ve much 2 give thanks 4; My
    Breath; Health; The Elements( Sun,Wind,
    Water & Earth) as a Spirit it’s trully a
    Blessings 2 B living on the Earth & learning
    2 live with Others that are havin’ an Earthly
    Experance. I give thanks 2 the Universal
    Mind that makes us ONE! One Love;
    One Heart. Peace Love & Harmony.
    Love&Light. Soon Come!

  • Pam

    Thank you for this. My husband just passed yesterday, and I feel this was sent to me for a reason..

  • Elizabeth

    So true! I have to say that for me, and I would guess for many other people also, the most difficult part is letting go. We want to believe that the world whirling around is all under our control. To take this step in medatative practice means that we have to give up that illusion. What a humbling experience!


    Thank you so much for sharing this information. It was so beautifully and clearly said.

  • Mike

    Interesting!I hope that everyone has a great weekend.

  • patricia

    That is so true that sometime you have to actually go back into your past to inter into your future. Almost like undressing yourself in the dark.

  • kamarie

    Being still means I have to pay attention to what my heart is really telling me…I’m not sure I’m ready for that. The noise that is all around me, that’s inside of me keeps me from realizing how sad I am without you…


    Absolutely a fitting escription of Meditation and must be followed by all who venture into this activity.

  • maurice dat nguyen

    Well said & beautifully stated & thanks so much for sharing; Realize that we are not our mind rather one who owns the mind, we have authority over it, we can train interludeit how to think to accord with the way we like for our well being to be.

  • maurice dat nguyen

    Realize we are not our mind rather one who owns the mind, we have authority over it, we can train it how to think to accord with the way we like for our well being to be

  • Karen

    Yes we must be still and know that he is God. Meditation should only be reflected with God, and His will for our life. Connecting to Him in our meditation will fill us with what we need to overcome anything.

  • Keith Jagger

    I like what Evelyn Underhill says about meditation: the practice seeks to bring our scattered thoughts to one, a multiplicity to unity. Simplicity and stillness are the 101 skills for living a spiritual life that stays connected to the divine currents running through our everyday experiences.

  • Heather B.

    Well said Keith!

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  • lindy

    i started meditating today and i know there are miracles that we cannot see in todays world but do believe they are there just a step above us all god is with us everyday believe in that i do

  • Mike

    Interesting! I hope that everyone’s Sunday was great and I hope that they have a great week!

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