Masters of Mindfulness

in yoga •  last year 

When you sit still in meditation it's like compressing a spring.  

Lao Tzu was a master of mindfulness.  He was a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 5th Century BC, author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of Taoism, according to most historians.

I love this question: "Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?" because it saves me every time I get to a confusing point in my day.  And let's face it, in my work there is so much information and so many choices, confusing points can start quite early!  

Thanks to Lao Tzu, I've learnt to put down what I'm doing when I get that feeling of overwhelm and allow myself to become quiet.  

Before long, the 'thousand confusing things' settle, my vision clears, I can breathe again and the 'one thing' comes forward that I really need to focus on.  That 'one thing'  is often very surprising and not what I was thinking of at all but the wisdom of it soon makes itself known to me.  With just this 'one thing' to pay attention to, I am suddenly energised and motivated in, what's known in the tradition as - a self-arising way.  

The power of sitting in stillness is highly underestimated.  Your spirit needs this time to release it's self-organising dynamic.  If you're interested in creative problem solving, work effectiveness and hearing the voice of your higher self, it's a great habit to get into.

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This is right on but personally I find it hard to know when that exact time is to act. Meditating helps me, but only in so far as I can relax into it, but then I find that there is nothing to be concerned about and I just go merrily on my way...

Yes, it's an art! If I start the day with a quiet practice, I find that helps me gauge my inner state and improves the whole day. Then, I love a 10 minute break while I'm working just to tune in again. My problem is when I'm at the office - it's hard to get any quiet moments or places to sit! Best wishes