12.9.07

Learn thee patience

It's not so difficult. Despite what you may believe, and despite how you may be. This is for all you nervous wrecks, fidgets, insomniacs, and hyper-active types.

The trick is simple -
Learn stillness,
and patience will follow.
And, perhaps, even Patience.

Learn to sit, just sit, doing nothing but spacing.
Learn to teach yourself to sit.

Think of the stone, and the slow drip of the water. The long, drawn-out liquid cadences. Watch the drops fall, one after another after another after another. Watch them. A drop to a minute, crafting the stone into a pebble, smoothing polishing it round. A drop a minute, for every hour, for every day, forever. The slow drops of water on the stone in this cave.

See the cave. Stand in the vastness. The rock that stands, has been standing, will stand. Feel the emptiness, the dark, and hear the thoughts that take centuries to begin. With nothing but the gentle touch of a drop. A drop every minute.

See the plains. The horizon that seems endless, because it all looks the same. The level flats arcing away while no wind blows, and only one blade of grass grows. Watch the grass grow, sit and watch it live.

Feel them, be them.
Imagine every aspect and angle, as if you are taking a panoramic picture of them.
Focus solely on them, as if you need to write a dissertation on them.

And slowly, oh so slowly, you will learn to sit still.
Be still.
Just....be.

19 comments:

Revealed said...

Yeah. S what my sister sez. When it gets really, really hot in Madras in the summers and everyone else is complaining she'll just sit there, cool as a cucumber. And claim the trick is to just...be.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

Just being never works for me. My brain would probably implode.

??! said...

then this is meant for you. take it a step at a time.

Renovatio said...

I can't. I just can't. Never ever ever been able to. I've tried, but my mind never shuts down, which is a cause of much of the insomnia. There's more crap floating around in my head than revealed lets out onto her blog in theories (there, a good save :D)

??! said...

it's not about shutting down, but focusing. going from the bar to the recording studio, if you like.

Also, all, the post has been revised.

??! said...

oooh, and you dissed flaffy! flaff dear, I wouldn't take that if I were you.

Renovatio said...

No no, no diss, flaffy's theories are lovely, just like her, there's just a lot more floating around in my head, and it makes much less sense.
I have a condition.

Revealed said...

Hmmmm. I can't say I can legitimately fight this one, riddler. Will have to give it to the r-boy. Tis true. My theories are crap. Ve eez quite proud of eet.

Spunky Monkey said...

It be impossible.
Really.
I'd die, or something. THEN, yeah. perfect stillness.

??! said...

tsk, tsk. everybody is being all nice. no contrariness only. no fighting only.
and people keep insisting they can't learn what they are taught. since when eh? who said you're allowed to have independent thought eh? tchah.

wiseling said...

very poetic, indeed.
one can sometimes just be, but other times, one must be something, one thinks.

Anonymous said...

wot if that's ALLL u do!'justt BE...n not move an iota...sigh..a Lot of adipose for one...

??! said...

oh wiseling, thou art wise indeed. 'tis true....but this was to suggest that sometimes we can just be, because we usually are being something.

nony:
that is also true. self-exercising couches?

Anonymous said...

'nony' :P think we'll take that as a differentiating marker.... the couch... hope it aint patented.!
-'nony':PPPPP

wiseling said...

'tis indeed true.. it's nice to just be when one is taking a break from being something.. but sadly, often it is the being of nothing that is harder.. :)

wiseling said...

because when one is 'just being,' one is truly being oneself.. and that is the hardest thing of all to be.

??! said...

ahh, wisely spoken, mon ami. but every challenge requires an undertaking.

Espèra said...

I read your post. And tried what you suggested.
After about 2-3 seconds, I had this sudden urge to do SOMETHING. Something fast, something active. Even if it was standing up and shaking all of the slowness out.

??! said...

espera:
heh. seems you're with the others in this. Is not bad.