Stillness

Try, if you can, will yourself to stay still. for 10 seconds.

You managed to achieve that? Well done! You’ve just lied to yourself!

There is no way for us to stay still, not even when we are dead. You see the earth and everything in it, moves, and changes. Nothing stays the same. When we die, organisms take over, and break down our physical bodies.

When we are alive, we are constantly moving, hearts beating, eyes twitching. There is no stillness, and yet we all try to achieve that inner peace, which is often mistakenly associated with stillness.

I think we should banish the word ‘stillness’ as such a phenomenon simply does not exist, nothing stays still. everything changes, ebb and flows . ups and downs. There is constancy in changes. even when thing appear to be still, there is a gentle nano-humming, vibrating sort of energy.

And this throws a gigantic monkey wrench into our ego and expectations. We expect things to remain constant so that we can plan and have things happen as planned. But how does one goes about with a plan, when everything is changing? Everything is moving?

We can only do so by aligning our expectations with the large facet of life, for no matter how big we become, we are still only a small player in this realm of reality. Since nothing stays still, and everything is moving, we need to make sure that we too move in accordance to the ebb and flow of reality.

So don’t lie to ourselves that we can be still in this big ocean of reality, instead stay nimble and change, in accordance to the changes.

 

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About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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