Tao Te Ching – Chapter 37
Our practice is one
of effortless effort.
It seems as if we do nothing,
yet everything gets done.
If we stay on this path
and resist the temptation to control,
each thing will naturally evolve
according to its individual nature.
When our conditioning arises and attempts to stir us up,
we return to the simple stillness of our natural state.
When we abide at this still point,
our conditioned habits naturally fall away,
leaving only peace.
I have many mental habits I would like to be rid of. My restless mind stirs up fears and scenarios each morning and I tend to fall into internal arguments: “Stop thinking that! That’s not true. Think positive!” I am learning enough about wu-wei, or effortless doing, to know that argument is not the answer. I am practicing stillness more and more now. There is a Still Point at the center of each life. It is the point at which that life is united with the Life of the Cosmos. At this Point resides peace and joy. My desire is to practice awareness of this Point within me. It is not an easy practice and requires a willingness to give up my learned patterns of internal communication. I trust that this Still Point exists. I glimpse it often enough to keep me focused and content – mostly.