Stillness and Peace are so closely related that it may be nearly impossible to distinguish any real difference.
I see stillness as the gateway or door to peace.
Peace is really what we are all in search of at our deepest level. We may often get distracted and sidetracked by various whims and fancies, chasing one thing after another – but the ultimate goal is peace. When we recognize that, we then can begin setting things in order within our lives to reach that ultimate goal.
A relationship with God is sought for that very reason. Humans understand at a very basic level the need to connect with the Divine Presence in order to achieve peace.
For all kinds of reasons we have complicated the process of relationship with God to the point of making it practically impossible.
The most common reason is control. Many suffer from a fear based belief system that drives their need to control groups of people. Those same groups of people are comfortable being controlled and so the phenomena perpetuates until individuals wake up to the reality that this cycle of fear and control will never bring peace.
This realization is a level of enlightenment and while very liberating it often leaves people wondering where to go next.
Here is where a stillness practice is invaluable.
Stillness is the gateway to your ultimate goal. If you will simply practice becoming still you will experience amazing benefits in your spiritual walk.
Jesus gave us an example of practicing stillness to communicate with God, know God and enjoy true peace.
The beauty of knowing God and becoming one with His Divine Presence is the complete and total peace that is experienced.
In that place of absolute peace and tranquility nothing can disturb or upset you – and the more time you invest in that place, the more peace you will carry with you wherever you go.
Jesus gave us a great promise in John 14:27:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)
To accept this peace requires being in the place to receive it – that place is being still in God’s presence.