I’ve been reading for the third time John O’ Donohue’s book “Divine Beauty – The Invisible Embrace.” It’s just a masterful treatment of the whole concept of beauty. A few moments ago I found this gem:
Stillness is the canvass against which movement can become beautiful. We can only appreciate movement against the background of stillness. Were everything kinetic, we could not know what movement is. As sound is sistered to silence, movement is sistered to stillness.
I would go further and say it is only against the backdrop of stillness that we are able to truly discern and understand movement in whatever form it expresses itself. When our lives are simply movement without these discerning canvasses of stillness, they are always in danger of becoming frenetic nonsense.