Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity”
― Lao Tzu
So much hyperbole on stillness, ‘where the mind is still, it can see beyond obvious’; not familiar with stillness to recognize or realize the state; have experienced small pockets of quietness, so fleeting that by the time I could grasp, the moment vanishes; am left wandering did that instant exists ?!
As I drift off to sleep after a long weary day searching inside, outside for stillness – notice my mind, as it wanders to the unanswered mails in the mail box, doctor’s appointment, parent teacher meeting, laundry…as I search for tranquility- million thoughts and zillion tasks run by my heavy mind; as I float into the blackness, confused and edgy, the search for ‘stillness’ goes on as the task list overflows like the old women’s woes or track two diplomacy!
Should I have to go to Himalayas for stillness, no way, am not getting into planning that one! Need to look for it in the underbelly of my busy schedule, am sure under the old books between the daily tasks, around the toppling files, beneath the dirty linen, it is there, hidden – still and sane;
As I surrender to my reality, a maze of tasks, deliverables, things gone right, tasks gone bad, and accept the reality and slowly breath, gently felt the weight off my shoulders, a small pause; the misty quietness traversed from the corner, shy, tentative with honey touch, engulf me; in that moment did I see the waft of peace, quietude!!
“Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.”
― E’yen A. Gardner