I have been perplexed by the notion of stillness these days. Even in meditation where I am as still as I will ever be as a human being, I experience movement. I feel the vibration of my heartbeat, faithfully undulating through my body, sometimes so strong it seems I might fall over. And so I wonder, is anything ever completely still?
At the microcosmic scale, the atoms that make up all matter are buzzing around constantly. Even materials that are not alive in the way that we define living things, are vibrating and seem to have a quantum pulse.
So what does it mean to find stillness?
For me, it is about relative stillness. It's the quietude that arises as a result of deeper breathing. It's an an effort to be present and tune into the universal rhythm that awakens inside. Stillness is not necessarily the absence of movement, but perhaps it's the alignment of the energetic body with the physical body. In stillness, there is freedom from distraction and we find the release of disturbance. Stillness is that sweet feeling when you're no longer swimming against the current, but you're in the flow.
In the end, isn't that the essence of yoga? We employ the practice as an entry point to relative stillness.