The fool thinks peace comes by controlling the mind. He will never attain it. The wise one knows Truth, and is stillness itself. – Buddhist Sage Astavakra
…Who can wait quietly while the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action? Observers of the Tao do not seek fullfilment. Lao-Tzu Tao te Ching, Verse 15
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Stillness, or presence, is a part of most spiritual practice and not easy for me. Control is my habit but not my aspiration. Letting go of outcome is a struggle. That makes me smile as I say it, as a struggle is in itself and attempt to control, is it not?
Yet I reach for stillness. It enhances my life. It creates a touchstone for my day that I can reach for in moments when those gerbil thoughts run incessantly toward no resolution.
I will keep seeking stillness because I believe in it as the way toward peace in my own mind.
Originally posted at My Life Class, March 10, 2012 (Modified)