When You Look at a Clear Pool of Water

Have you ever looked at a clear pool of water?

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If you have, notice that you can see the bottom in detail.

However, if you disturb the water in some way, it gets hard for you to see the details below.

Only when the water is still or calm again can you see clearly.

Being still makes you see clearly.

When you're agitated, say with a problematic situation, you can't see things for what they are.

Many people find exact solutions to their problems by practicing stillness in daily life.

It's like magic at our hand.

Hear Henry David Thoreau.

He writes, "The wise man is restful, never restless or impatient. He each moment abides where he is, as some walkers actually rest the whole body at each step, while others never relax the muscles of the legs till the accumulated fatigue obliges them to stop short."

In my work as a psychotherapist, I listen to stillness most of the time. It's a blessing.

It is often in the silences where something true and valuable comes out.

All the colors, all the excitement, the nuances and beauty, flow out of being -connected to its core by stillness.

"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).