Still and Still Moving


We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion

-T.S. Eliot

I have become very good at being in the last few years.  I practice yoga and meditate.  I journal.  I can stare at trees for hours.  And this has all been very good for this once Type-A lawyer.  But I think it’s time to find the balance of effort and surrender again.  To bring the still, quiet center I have so carefully cultivated over the last few years back into motion.  To be, as T.S. Eliot said, still and still moving.

The art of being still and still moving is a matter of letting the next right action arise out of stillness.  Most of the time here in the western world, we take action based on what others expect of us, the wants and desires of our egos or simply as a reactive response to what is happening around us.  But what if we allow our actions to come from a much deeper, truer source?  What would happen if we regularly tapped into the wisdom of our souls as we create our to-do list each morning and set goals for ourselves?   Inside each of us there is a quiet voice that longs to guide us forward with all of the wisdom and compassion of 10,000 gurus, sages and shamans.  We must simply be still and quiet enough to listen.

And so it is that I find myself here in the quiet, ready to add some doing to my being.  What do I feel deeply called to right now?  What feels like the next right action?  As many of you know, I am a bread baker.  I studied baking and pastry at the Institute for the Culinary Arts and teach sourdough bread baking classes here in Omaha.  Peter Reinhart, legendary bread baker and teacher once said, “I love myth and romance and, in fact, think bread is the perfect mythic symbol to explain the meaning of life.”  I’m not promising you enlightenment through bread, but I am very drawn to idea of exploring the concepts of mindfulness, purpose and meaning through the medium of bread.  Please join me on this journey as I bake, reflect and write.