From the book, “365 Tao, Daily Meditation”
“…if we engage solely in the frenetic activities of our daily involvements, if we seek to impose our own schemes on the natural order, and if we allow ourselves to become absorbed in self-centered views, the surface of our waters becomes turbulent. Then we cannot be receptive to Tao…
…there is no effort that we can make to still ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our mind to settle..
Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so to will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still..”
The most virtuous sound is silence. When one reconstructs a consciousness devoted to self-cultivation: mental stillness is a prerequisite. Thus, practice finding isolation, whether through meditation, yoga, walking or whatever achieves your mental isolation. As a result, the grace of such tranquility makes what once was crooked straight, the unachievable, achievable. Without your interferences…all circumstances work out in their own natural order.