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Understanding Stillness

Doing never gets it done, everything arises from stillness. A flower doesn’t make itself grow, in the Spring it arises from stillness and in the fall it returns; this occurs from its own stillness…

When the stillness of a flower is seen as life itself and not as the flower, that’s when the flower is truly seen; from here is how you will learn to understand yourself. When you see the stillness of yourself as life itself and not as a person, that’s when you will truly see yourself. When that happens you will begin to understand your life and it will be in understanding your stillness that you will understand the stillness of the flower.

Enjoy your life, but the enjoyment is not in the things of life that is experience, joy is from stillness. Conditioning produces noise, stillness produces joy. That which you seek to enjoy is noise, joy cannot be attained because it’s already there and you cannot attain that which you already possess, but you will only know this in stillness.

Find a place to sit where it’s quiet. Sit and be mindful of each breath, not you breathing in and out, but how each breath occurs on its own; sit with this mindfulness. Watch how many breaths you can count before the mind wanders. I get to about forty five sometimes fifty and no matter how hard I concentrate it wanders. When I started doing this I could count to six. This is one way of developing the discipline to discover your inner stillness. When you understand the noise you will understand the stillness. Just watch the flower, don’t label it, just watch it. The flower never labels itself, through stillness it simply arises. It never consciously does anything, out of the stillness it appears. In stillness is where all of life arise from, because stillness itself is life; just ask the flower…