Quotes: Stillness, silence and the present moment


Be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign

that you’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running

from silence.

The speechless full moon  

comes out now.

– Rumi

 ” The discovery of the truth is the discernment of the false. You can know what is not. What is – you can only be. Do you understand that the mind has its limits? To go beyond, you must consent to silence.”

– Nisargadatta



 We can’t listen and receive if we’re constantly creating and projecting. We can’t observe or be aware of what’s behind us: Unconscious motivations, habits, energy blocks, knots, drains, etc., if we are busily creating more of the same.  We need to learn and value the art of listening and observing.  

We find this place of Silence through surrender, after perhaps years of struggle to dis-cover the false self.

 – Bob Fergeson 

 ” There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes.

 – Rumi 

 “It is, moreover, only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own natures.”

C.G. Jung

 By learning to observe our thoughts rather than mechanically react on them only, can lead to a new level of being, one in which everything is possible, even our own becoming.

 – Bob Fergeson 

 Only through staying in the present, and Being, can we be free of our mind and its misery, and access the power of Now.

 Now – that intensely alive state that is free of time, free of problems, free of thinking, free of the burden of the personality.

 The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now – to be so utterly, so completely present that no problem, no suffering, nothing that is not who you are in your essence, can survive in you. In the Now, in the absence of time, all your problems dissolve. Suffering needs time; it cannot survive in the Now.”

 – Ekhart Tolle 

 Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all.”

                                              – Laurence Sterne

 A listening which is attentive yet not reactive, and unaffected by circumstance and the constant changes of thought and mind.  

 – Bob Fergeson

 Knowing that all thought is reactive and one step behind the present moment, we may begin to just listen, to observe without reaction. In this quiet, listening mind, something Real has the possibility of entering.

                                                -Bob Fergeson


The mind won’t allow you to be in the moment…ever.

 – Vicki Woodyard

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2 thoughts on “Quotes: Stillness, silence and the present moment

  1. A beautiful poem by Rumi – thank you for posting it here. There is a remarkable synchronicity with my poem that I posted on August 14th on my blog. It was about the remarkable stillness and healing presence that I felt as I sat with my soul sister in the days following her death.


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