The Qualities of Love

Silence and stillness are two qualities of Love. To heal ourselves, we need both. Sometimes it can seem as though silence and stillness are nowhere to be found in our hectic lives and busy world, but don’t be fooled. Silence embraces every sound and stillness lies at the core of everything.

We can make spaces within our life to make it easier for the qualities of silence and stillness to manifest for us. And once we’ve authentically noticed silence and stillness, even if only for a moment, it heightens our awareness so that we begin to perceive these two sacred qualities everywhere.

We notice stillness in a crowded street and we notice silence in the spaces around, underneath and at the heart of the cacophony of sounds we hear every day. But most of all, we become aware that we carry these very qualities within our being, in the spaciousness that we are.

Whenever we feel unbalanced, unhappy, unwell or just a little off kilter, it is because we’ve lost touch with our essence which is silence, stillness, space and ultimately, Love. All these expressions are manifestations of Love. Without silence, stillness and space, nothing is possible.


I wrote this poem four years ago, but wanted to share it today as it’s spring again and the trees are looking incredibly beautiful.  I took this photo in Tinkers Clough, a little wooded valley behind my house.



Do you see what I see

On this beautiful spring morning?

Will you pause in your rushing

Busy day to open your heart

And step into life?

For this life, your life, is happening

Right now, and this powerful moment

Is your gateway, your passage to freedom.


And now you have stepped through the portal

Do you see this tree outside the window?

Only yesterday its naked limbs

Stretched skeletal fingers;

A supplicant’s prayer to a distant golden god.

And the god, in its wisdom and love,

Sent rays of replenishment,

Nourishing this tree with the gift of new life.


And just this morning, as the sun god rose,

And traced a curve of brilliance through the skies,

This tree swelled with a blessing received.

It shook itself from within, shuddering as it

Cast off winter’s thinness and re-emerged,

Re-birthing itself, admiring its new fuller form,

As the luminescence of its beauty unfurled,

Leaf upon leaf, revealing its fecundity.


Take a walk with me now, out into the garden.

Lie with me beneath this beautiful tree,

Rest supine, let the earth support you,

As we gaze up through this divine canopy

Of lush spring life, woven with songs to delight the soul.

Hear the sigh of spring leaves cocooning birdsong chatter,

Eavesdrop on the breeze as its breath flirts at ease,

And stay still, just for a moment, as we become Tree.


© Sue Claughton, 2016