Be Still And Know

a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change

An activist is often active. It’s in the name. They’re always busy, striving to make a difference in the world. They want to be the change they want to see in the world.

A climate activist knows the truth about the effects of the climate emergency around the world today and for the future ahead. They cannot look away. They feel a huge sense of urgency. They have to do something. They find it almost impossible to take a break.

They find it almost impossible to be still.

And yet we do all need to find time to be still. It’s vital for our physical, emotional and mental health.

Maybe this is why…

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

If you’re uncomfortable with the word ‘God’, that’s fine. You might prefer ‘the oneness of all living beings’, ‘the Divine’, ‘Love itself’, ‘the essence of what it is to be human’, ‘the creative energy of the universe’…take your pick, or choose something different entirely.

Whatever you choose, the only way to know that glorious energetic force is to be still. Be completely still. No speaking. No doing. Be still.

You don’t have to wait for the perfect moment, for the idyllic setting, for that time when you have nothing to stress or fret about. In a world facing climate emergency, it’s hard to imagine there will ever be a good time to be still.

And yet the context of that verse from Psalm 46 is far from ideal too.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46: 2-3

In the midst of chaos, take time to be still. Take time to connect with that peaceful place deep within your soul. Take a moment to reflect. For it’s in that place of stillness that the fear will fade away. In that place of stillness, you will find knowing. In that place of stillness, quiet confidence will come.

So find what works for you: breathe, meditate, walk, swim, contemplate, light a candle, soak in a bath…

Find a way to ‘Be Still and Know.’