If you want a glass of muddy water to clear, leave it alone and let it settle out by itself.
If you try to stir it clear, it will only get cloudier.
In the Tao Teh Ching, Lao Tzu writes: Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment. By not seeking, not expecting, you are then present, and only then, can welcome ‘all things’.
This is hard for us because we’ve been taught to let the cognitive process, the HEAD, take care of decision-making. We are taught to weigh the pros and cons and then choose a direction that is most beneficial to us.
We are a nation of stirrers!
Instead of sitting still and letting things come to us, we are told to “Go for it!”
I have found, however, that instead of trying to stir, direct or control life, it makes more sense and is more conducive to contentment . . . to just let things unfold naturally.
Author: Nonin Chowaney