For the person of the world, stillness does not come naturally. The world is full of exciting, interesting things to explore and do, as well as the necessary obligations and duties. The body naturally moves, naturally engages, naturally functions, without virtually any separation between intention, desire and action.
For the ill person, paralysed just by sitting too long, or worse, harmed and tormented by noise, movement, activity in and around her, the gap between desire and action is impossibly wide and unbreachable. But stillness of body comes easily, for it simply happens if its own accord. For the person whose mind is blanked of thought, prayerful stillness is not difficult to achieve. But in a chaotic body tormented and screaming in agony, peace of mind is a massive task.
How then can someone of the world and someone harmed by all worldly activity big and small ever truly meet?
By love alone and a genuine desire to overcome everything that gets in the way of being together. This is no small task. It requires kindness, awareness, compassion, comprehension. It requires trust and faith. It requires An acceptance and desire for silence and stillness, peace pervading all ultimately and embracing the unembraceable in both, the urge for business in one, the agony of torment and longing to escape it, in the other.
And miraculously despite the invisible variance in lives, a moment of absolute stillness, a moment of perfect being, we find, comes to greet us and bless us and lift us together into the Heart of Love, where all mercy is both given and received.