In the monastic tradition, statio is the practice of stopping one thing before beginning another. It is the acknowledgment that in the space of transition and threshold is a sacred dimension, a holy pause full of possibility. This place between is a place of stillness, where we let go of what came before and prepare ourselves to enter fully into what comes next.
Statio calls us to a sense of reverence for slowness, for mindfulness, and for the fertile dark spaces between our goals where we can pause and center ourselves, and listen. We can open up a space for God to work.
Christine Valters Paintner
I sit in the darkness
In that in-between moment
Between night and day
in this place of stillness I am at first assailed
by thoughts that come unbidden
of things undone
of things to be done
feelings too lurk around the threshold
regrets and fears
a fleeting sense of joy
and still I sit
reluctant to step across the threshold
into what is next
it is time to linger
to wait upon the Lord
it is time to prepare
to cross into God’s new thing
it is time to let go of those things that haunt and hinder
it is time to let love ripple through the deep waters of my soul
it is time to cling to the Divine
what is on the other side of the threshold
what will this day bring?
what will the days ahead bring?
what is unfolding in history, as stock markets rise and fall
and elections loom?
what dark forces lurk? what opportunities lie ahead?
this darkness stillness is noisy
and yet I sit
and seek Sacred Presence
“Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ under me, Christ over me,
Christ to right of me, Christ to left of me,
Christ in lying down, Christ in sitting, Christ in rising up” (The Deer’s Cry)
I breathe in
I breathe out
and then I step
into this new day