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Christmas Eve Still Point

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Life is about the attentive pauses. Not so much about the breaks, or the rest, or the relief. Life is about the moments of quiet awareness, even though the world continues spinning, and the dancers continue dancing.   —T.S. Eliot 

Some people call this mindfulness, others call it gratitude. The less spiritually-inclined simply call it paying attention.

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh, nor fleshless:

Neither from, nor towards; at the still point, there is the dance.

But neither arrest, nor movement. And do not call it fixity.

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from, nor towards.

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

Eliot's "still point" is the lack of motion within every motion where past and future are gathered.

The good news is that we can return to still point moments between the moments for solace, for energy, and for inspiration because the pause is not solely about rest, but also about renewal.

Allegorically speaking, the story of the birth of Jesus is about a still point moment in time.

Enjoy the dance. The work and joy of Christmas and other year-end holidays are always worthy of the time we spend on them. The small moment of the candle being lit while singing "Silent Night" can often be a magical still point moment in time. 


We sincerely wish our readers a joyful and peaceful Christmas Eve.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff