Fav Quote Friday: Lessons On Stillness

Do you have the patience
to wait
till your mud settles
and your water
is clear?

Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

~Lao Tzu


  1. The real test of one's patience is just that.....

  2. yes YogaSavy... it certainly can be, and perhaps, for impatient people (like me!) it really becomes both a test and a lesson. For me, It was a reminder to react with stillness, to learn to be patient (when I really wanted results NOW). And it placed in me the concept of imbuing myself with a certain focused stillness, like that of a martial artist- one who can remain unmoving, even as the they are awaiting an assualt, and fending off the attack with minimal energy and movement, and with grace and seeming ease. I was interested to see/know if this quote resonated with anyone else in the way it has with me. I consider Lao Tsu's 'question/edict' similtaneously one of best lessons and the biggest challenges ever presented to me. And also one of the best gifts any teacher has given.

  3. I have leaened to be a lot more patient over the years. But I still need to improve.

  4. @ MikeB - as you can see from the comment above...me too!

  5. I learned a lot about being patient when I had to cater to take care of my mother in the late 1980's and early 1990's, before she died. At first, I was impatient with her, but I gradually learned to be much more patient. And that was good for both her and me.

  6. @MikeB: The impatience came from your denial and dislike of what was happening, the patience from acceptance and compassion. And that choice leaves you with much better memories. Thx for sharing that.