Stillness is the key to lasting joy
August 16, 2022
Over the past few weeks I have been writing a version on the Tao te Ching, Exploring it in this way has given me a deeper sense of knowing the Tao, which has been in my life for well over a decade, maybe even two.
Although one of the key messages of the Tao is stillness, or "Non-Doing" I came across the idea that I translated in this way
"Without knowing stillness
All movement is wasted."
If we do not know stillness we can get engrossed in doing. And if you are not paying attention to what you are doing then it is a wasted act.
The world we liv in is designed to engross us. We get excited by social media, axe throwing, zip-lining, or any other activity that helps us escape ourselves. It isn't that these things are not good or healthy for us, maybe they are. But, if we are not familiar with stillness we may lose sight of what we are doing. That means our movements get wasted and caught up in the physical and emotional states that come with those activities.
When we can know stillness we can enjoy and accept each moment that arises, and whether something is happening or not, we can embrace it.
This also relates to our emotional states. Are we excited, happy, angry, or sad to have experienced something? If so, maybe we are not familiar with stillness. When that happens we allow ourselves to be moved by the uncontrollable nature of the world. Stillness is key, when you know stillness you can dip into emotions without letting them control you, and your actions.
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