A few students walked past the elderly Lo Zu as he was sitting quietly in nature. As they were passing, they briefly paused near the wise and highly respected Lo Zu and he briefly stated this: “Beyond all of the so-called religious mumbo-jumbo, just sit still and perish to what you’ve been told. Do not try to ‘make’ the mind silent; just be passionate about the intrinsic beauty of true silence and then perhaps true silence will naturally manifest. You cannot make the un-makable.”
Lo Zu and Silence…
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We allow ourselves to enter the flow of nature when we focus on being present – something happens or doesn’t – we have no control – love this Tom and LOVE that photo!
Yes, Sara, we have no control fundamentally, although most of us think that we do. 😉 I wouldn’t necessarily say to focus on being present, however. It’s not focusing to be anywhere; it’s not a being and time has nothing to do with it.
you’re right about focus – I caught that after I wrote the word – you don’t focus – you are just there – and if it happens it happens and we absolutely have no control…maybe this is why I experience timeless less ness as natural Grace.
Yes, Sara, perhaps… 😁
No sir, you cannot make the un-makeable. Another endearing lesson from your Lo Zu tales Tom! 👍🏼😘💖 Great food for thought my friend! 🤔🤔🤔
Right, Kym. However, so many of us crave power and control (which we do not have fundamentally, although we think we do). 😉😘
You got that one right Tom! 🤔👍🏼🧐
Perhaps total silence is only for those with compromised hearing … but any of us can lend an ear to Nature tuning out all other … and Nature does quiet down periodically … worth waiting (listening?) for!
Well, Jazz, it’s not at all the silence that has to do with auditory phenomena or the absence of auditory phenomena; it’s a different kind of silence we are talking about. You can be silent in a room with someone talking endlessly. 😉
Dziękuję, Tom. We could all use some silence nowadays.
Yes but (unfortunately) most of us are without it. 😉
Silence is golden (or so they say), but, when it comes to the golden egg laid by “that goose” this is what is real … a collection of pretty speckled eggs.
Yes, Linda, i love the speckled patterns on those precious eggs! Nature is true art; what we humans make is generally second-hand! 😉
Love the color of those eggs, Tom. Yes, I agree, you cannot force silence.