This Latin phrase was engraved on a ring given to me by my best girlfriend for Christmas. I read it everyday, wear it everyday. And yet somehow, I forget. I get busy and forget to listen to my own words, forget to slow down and see the signs, to pay attention to the food I digest, where I spend my energy. I forget.
I get busy and unsure. So, I read 'self help' books, listen to talk radio, TV, parenting magazines, looking for instructions on how to do this life right. And yet, I continue to forget.
Be still and know. Be yourself, know yourself.
So it comes down to this: We NEVER forget, it's not a memory. We may have forgotten HOW. We feel we are the sum of our historical pages. And...we forget. We forget the very first page of our story. Each day, we have a blank page, truly a fresh beginning full of opportunity. UH, makes you want to run out and scream "DO OVER! I HAVE A DO OVER". Yes, yes, you do!
.... and yet, we forget. We forget the power within us. Call it God, Buddah, Great Spirit, Krishna, energy, a knowing... we all have it. It's undeniable. We must get quiet for us to remember. It is in the silence that we know. Know our strengths, our weaknesses, our true calling, and our oneness.
Take a moment. To close your eyes, and listen. Listen to the sounds all around you. Pay attention to the noise behind the noise, the electricity running through the walls, floors, ceiling. Maybe a clock ticking, people talking, cars moving by. Listen. Take 5 deeps breaths. Next, breathe into the sensations on your skin. Your clothes touching each part of your body. Now focus on the electicity running through your feet, legs, spine, arms, neck, face and in every strand of hair on your head. Follow your breath in through both nostrils, and follow it. Feel your heartbeat, feel the rythem of your body. Sitting still, there is still so much movement. And now, be still and know. Be yourself, know yourself. Stay for as long as you'd like, you're in good company.