Tuesday, September 18, 2012

To Watch the Wind

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
                                                                 --Lao Tzu

Sometimes there are days so filled with obligations,
there is little time for anything else but tending them.
On those days, I often find myself wishing that I could just stop everything: 
the plans, the demands and activities of the day,
the planning for tomorrow, for next week, and for a month from now.
And if I could stop it all for a moment, I would sit.
I would feel the warmth of the afternoon sun on my face.
I would listen to the birds sing and 
watch the wind blow through the grass.
And I would stay there until the evening shadows fell around me.
Most western cultures are ageric
meaning they value ceaseless productivity and action.
In these cultures, just spending one's time sitting is considered slothful.
But in non-ageric cultures, sitting is a respected pastime.
The value of just sitting as the moments slip away is understood.
And as the autumnal equinox approaches, 
it seems to me that if seasons were cultures, 
spring and summer would be ageric 
and fall and winter would be non-ageric.
In autumn the striving of summer ceases, 
and everything begins its rest.

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