Not finding space for stillness is escape from finding what is most important, that is, the real self, the soul. In stillness we can also connect with the Soul or Oneness of all that is, which flows into compassion and peace that we so desperately need in this world. It all starts with finding space for stillness. Pascal said, "All of man's troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone." I frequently feel the need to just be, and frequently ignore that need as I am busy with some sort of doing, though I learned long ago that being is becoming, and doing is a way to avoid being. Some doing is worthwhile -- the challenge is to avoid doing that avoids being. Practices that help me become genuinely centered are meditation, being present and noticing what I am feeling in the moment, and paying attention to the process of my living rather than to progress or outcome.