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Do you want to change your life?

"Stillness is the cornerstone of true character."-- Native American saying.

Do you want to change your life? Do you want to heal your life?

Make stillness your friend. In stillness is our solace. In stillness is the wisdom and courage we need to handle the tribulations and challenges of life. And in stillness we hear the subtle messages of Eternal Love that whisper in our heart day and night.

My wife, JoAnn, is very good at good at being still and listening to what spirit has to say about this or that. Some might call it intuition. She likes to call it listening to her “radar.”

The weeks immediately following my surgery for colon cancer in December 2013 were among the most challenging times of my life. My weight was down from 150 lbs to 133 lbs. when I left the hospital. I was weak as a kitten, worried if my bowels were going to work properly again, if I would be able to walk and go for hikes again – or if I would even survive the terrifying illness that had come upon me.

Enter my wife and her “radar.”

We like to sleep in separate rooms, so as to get the best sleep possible, but we always get together for a cuddle before we get up. So it was that, in the midst of this challenging period in my life, JoAnn came into my bedroom early one morning in an obviously radiant state of mind and said she had something important to share with me.

Before she went to sleep, she said, she had asked for help. She called out to the Universe, or God, or the Angels and said we needed help in handling the difficult situation we were in.

JoAnn then went on to tell me how she woke up suddenly at three oclock that morning with a profound sense of assurance that everything was going to work out very well for me and that I would come through my affliction just fine.

I have learned to trust my wife’s “radar” over the years. Her words of assurance to me that morning – the vision that she had had, and the obvious joy and relief that she herself was experiencing – moved me and uplifted me beyond words.

Perhaps that was the moment when the tide began to turn, so to speak, and I began to know in my heart that I truly was going to get well.

It is a wonderful gift, stillness. We all have an ability to “listen” to the wisdom of our heart.

There is no need to be frightened of stillness. Stillness is not an enemy where danger lurks. It is the celestial mansion wherein your true nature eternally abides.

Do you want to change your life? Do you feel as if something lacking in your experience or you have got off-track in some way? All you have to do is to be still, and listen.

Make stillness a practice. Make it your friend. For instance, make it a practice to take a few moments every now and again to sit in your favorite chair and count the breaths that pass gently into and out of your body. Breathe with your abdomen and count to ten – or if you wish, twenty. When you realize you have been distracted, and forgotten what the next number should be, simply make a note of what has distracted you and begin your count again.

Stillness is our natural state. It is the cornerstone of true character. It can change your life in an instant.

Love and blessings to you. If you have any thoughts on the above, please share.

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Llynde October 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Christopher, you always seem to make the sun shine and the shadows disappear. Thank you!

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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thank you Llynde. I’m blessed by your words.

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michel October 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Dear Friend,
In your search for stillness you have touch the divine in all its glory.
It is within that we realize our oneness with all.
I am glad you touch into this wonderful creative space .
One with you,
Michel

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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

Dear Michel
Your comments always touch my heart. You add a lot to this blog. Thank you for your input and God bless.

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Trefor October 4, 2014 at 5:39 am

Hello Chris
Just prior to reading your post I was in the stillness of this brand new day just listening to the ” roaring silence”.The rain tapping on the window, the clock ticking, the cat behind my head kneading the couch, my breathing. To be still “and know that I am God”
Then reading your experience of stillness.
Silence is a source of Great Strength.
Lao Tzu
You are living proof of it.
Thanks for sharing your great spirit and hue-man BEingness.
Peace
Trefor

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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hello to you Trefor,
Thank you for your very evocative and welcome comment. I could pretty well hear the rain tapping on your window, your cat doing what all cats do and the sound of you breathing. It’s good to be sharing this adventure with you. Blessings.

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Ed Herzog October 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

I totally agree on the importance of stillness. Sadly, it’s something we seem to have lost in our busy, chaotic, “modern” world.
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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

Thank you Ed. It’s good to connect with you in this way. I wish you the very best with your own writing endeavors. God bless.

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Vlad October 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

Dear Christopher,

Truly the right message at the right time! Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Blessings to you and JoAnn.

Vlad

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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

Vlad, it’s a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for your comment, and your blessings. “Back at you,” as they say, and I hope all goes very well for you.

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Judy Harle October 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

Dear, Christopher,

This is a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your thoughts and writings. They resonate with me. I savor them and pass them along. I learned of you when I was in Zihuatenajo, Mexico two years ago and have dipped into your wisdom many times. It must be difficult for you to take the time and energy to write when undergoing such illness.

Retired with a full life, wonderful sweetheart and family, I am blessed to live in Ocean City, Maryland; Zihuatenajo, Mexico; and Campbell River, BC. So I read you in all three countries! I have 9 children (homemade, foster and adopted) and 15 grandchildren. I met the soulmate I have wanted for my whole life in Zihuatenajo 3 years ago. Isn’t it amazing where life takes us if we are open and loving.

I am a meditator with time set aside each day for stillness (thank you) and spiritual reading and have for many years. Have you read “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer? I am 72 and I feel it is the best book I have read and it has become a daily guiding compass for my life. I think you would really love it. This is just a quick note – I have wanted to comment many times as every time I read your thoughts I receive a blessing. Thank you for being you and sharing your love and peace with so many. I am sending love and peace back to you and your beloved wife.

Namaste,
Judy Harle

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Christopher Foster October 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

A pleasure to hear from you Judy. I admire your courage and your spirit. My goodness, you are living a full life aren’t you with plenty of adventure and variety thrown in. Just keeping an eye on your grand-children must be almost a full-time job:-). I really appreciate you taking the time to write and I want you to know how glad I am to connect with you a bit more deeply in this way.

Thanks for mentioning Michael Singer’s book, I haven’t read it but I will check into it.

Lots of good wishes and keep on being Judy, you’re doing a great job. PS Re my illness, thank you for your concern, but truth is I feel great and am in very good shape. I didn’t need chemo, at least so far, which is good. But one step at a time. The only way.

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Maggie K October 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

Wonderful words of advice I intend to try. Perfect timing in my life to read this.

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Maggie. All the very best and I hope things work out beautifully for you.

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Marisa October 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Christopher,
Again, and again, your words are a melody to the spirit, soul, being. The stillness you talk about is in every breath, if we just take the time to allow its presence.
The moon last night, a gift to all that stopped to accept it, is filled with the peace we all strive to find. As we swirl around this Universe, may we all listen to the wisdom of the silence, the acceptance, and the words of people, such as yourself, that help us all refocus on the true beauty, inner knowledge of our own souls, and the absolute blank canvas we are given to make our own stillness. Which in turn rejuvenates the body, as well as the mind, soul, spirit.
Marisa

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Marisa, I was thinking about you, wondering how you’re doing, and along comes this beautiful comment from you. Thank you so much for sharing in this way. What a beautiful thought about the moon. It is a lovely symbol of serenity, isn’t it, and also, I can’t help but think how the moon also has its cycles, just like we ourselves do. But most of all, I think how steadfast the moon is as it follows its own unique path in the heavens.

I salute your steadfast spirit, Marisa, and send a lot of love and blessings to you.

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SandiO October 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Chris,

Time and again, you have reminded me of the power of stillness. It played a profound role in my dealing with a fearful situation the other night of the most painful headache I can remember, though I have suffered with nearly daily headaches since I was 7 years old.

My husband was fast asleep as well as my daughter and the two dogs I slipped out of bed and made my way into the Family Room, trying not to wake anyone, and yet wondering if I should. I found if I moved my head the slightest, the pain would be stronger.

It was then I thought of your wisdom. I tried to gather in the fibers of fear that were gripping me and begin to breathe deep and slowly…holding my head perfectly still. I was then able to focus on the quiet, the coolness of the room, and my own rising and falling breaths. I could then send a prayer to God to be with me and ease my pain. It took about an hour, and suddenly I sensed the pain releasing in my head and neck. I made my way back to bed just as the dawn was breaking, with the beautiful sounds of the many birds that home in the woods behind our house.

I felt totally at peace…and ever so thankful.

For all that you are….For all that you do to help others on their journey…
God bless you and keep you.
With love,
SandiO

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Sandi, your words are so very, very touching. What a remarkable story. In all honesty, I’m not sure if I would have handled the situation nearly so well.

It is one of the most inspiring stories I have heard in quite a while. Thank you for sharing. I give thanks with you and for you.

God bless you and keep you too. It is a privilege to share this journey with you.

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Arpit Ward October 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

Stillness is an inner state brought about by becoming aware of the space between your thoughts. Thank you for Christopher for sharing this post:)

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for your comment Arpit, best wishes to you.

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Preeti Rawat October 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

Thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational story. I can’t promise that i’ll regularly do it but from now whenever I feel lost I’ll try it.
Once again thanks for posting, and keep posting such motivational stories.

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angelroy October 17, 2015 at 4:56 am

This is such a lovely blog post. So many valid points for me! Especially the baby steps. I tend to set a goal so huge that I try and leap to it and fall at the first hurdle. Now I am learning to chunk it down into little steps so that each day I inch closer. It is do-able, acheivable and far less stressful that way.

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Christopher Foster November 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Many thanks for your comment angelroy, and I wish you all the very best.

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