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Be Still My Soul, a Poem about Slowing Down & Living Deeply

Be Still My Soul, a Poem about Slowing Down & Living Deeply

When you stop rushing so much, you can feel your life as you live it. If more wonder and flow sound good to you this week, read this poem. It'll remind you... to be still, my soul. To honor the beauty that others don't even notice. This isn't a race, after all: this is your *life* and it's meant to be felt, lived, fully.

Unplug. Look without labeling. Listen without dissecting. Get comfortable with not needing to know everything, not needing all the answers. Feel how wondrous it truly is, just to be here.

Be Still My Soul

Don’t speak just yet.

Sink into this place.

Sit in your heart.

Close your eyes if you must,

Breathe in,

Breathe out,

Feel the beating of your heart.


When the mind is quiet,

You will understand

That sweet, deep awareness

Opens the gates

To another kind of land.

There’s no way to

Hold peace

In the palm of your hand;

It’s a mind-body-spirit state

Where everything


Abundance and magic—

Even a tiny grain of sand.


Be still my soul.

Hear the winds speak, and

Watch how the leaves on the branches

Blow to and fro.


There can be

Thunder and rain,

Pleasure or pain,

But here you are still,

And that is enough.

Stop, look and listen:

See how wonderful it is.

But don’t think just yet.

For thoughts can be

Beautiful pathways,

But they can make you


The truth of your Self—

How you were born

Of your own star stuff.


Be still.

Look, and


Even a mind must rest

To create its best.

So, do not worry,

Dear heart, head, and hands—

You will have your season

To work and to play,

And there is

Time enough for all,

Every single day.

There is time to make no plans.


And what of the mysteries?

How to piece the puzzle together?

Must you always struggle

To know the unknown better?

No, you must be sure.

The silence

You scurry away from

Is misunderstood.

It is not nothing;

It is everything,

Like the color


Or the other side

Of the world,

At night.


If you stop and see

What is here to see,

And if you listen only to

What your ears hear,

You will feel your Self,

Dear Soul,

Melt into the moment, and

Peace will be near.

Even in the

Middle of the night,

The light of Life

Is right here.

In this space, always

This space, is

All you could ever hold dear.

Be still, old soul.

Feel yourself—


Right here.


Stop waiting to

Start living;

Stop time, and

Be lived.

Hear the sweet melody of

Your stillness, and the

Music that it


. . .

Tell me:

Which part of this poem did you need to read today?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

With love,


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Comments on this post (7)

  • Feb 06, 2021

    Susannah, THANK YOU.

    Daniel – I am honored. Thank you for this <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Feb 06, 2021

    At this first hour of the day
    there is peace & silent reflection
    Then from nowhere you appear
    sharing words i need to hear
    with one stroke of your pen
    comes the poetry that reveals what my
    my unfocused mind has been missing.
    “Be Still My Soul, a Poem about Slowing Down & Living Deeply”
    Thank you,

    — Daniel Wayne Button

  • Jun 30, 2020

    Jenifer – this is a stunningly beautiful poem. Thank you.

    — Susannah Healy

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Lauren, thank you for sharing this! I’m honored you shared my words and the group got something of value from them. Wishing you health and peace in these strange times <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Than you Jennifer. I think you were channeling this situation in which we’ve all landed. What a lovely reminder of the beauty we can choose to see if we are only open to looking. I shared this with a group today (I had googled ‘poems about slowing down’) and they were so thankful for the reminder to revel in, and learn from, the slowing. Hope you are safe and well.

    — Lauren Weinberg

  • Jan 26, 2020

    Thank you, Lisa! <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jan 26, 2020

    Absolutely gorgeous

    — Lisa Haniff

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