When the innumerable searches are concluded,
The realization dawns that
The optimal place to be is
Where one already is.

It is an arrival at the place
Where there is no solid footing beneath,
The understanding of all things.

Until the conclusion,
The searcher is like
A cod asking directions to the ocean

~ Wu Hsin from “The Lost Writings” translated by Roy Melvyn


Wu Hsin’s insights into spirituality and Oneness always bring a smile.

It isn’t easy learning to go with the flow, until we stop asking for directions, and find the courage to be with no solid footing.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

24 comments on “Searching Like a Cod

  1. Oh, that touches a spot. For Jeannie and I were having a wobbly moment thinking about what happens when we can’t look after this house, the animals and the acres. Recognizing the growing uncertainty as months and years go by.

    The courage to accept no solid footing! That is quite an idea to embrace. Thanks Val.

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  2. My go-to Mindfulness

    Reblogged this on My GO-TO MINDFULNESS and commented:
    Val Boyko posted this on her blog and I love it. It’s a beautiful reminder that “the optimal place to be is where one already is”. If we are mindful we can seek out the little things that we already have and explore any discomfort we feel, finding “the courage to be with no solid footing.”

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  3. I wish I’d understood this in my youth. I was always on the run, embracing change, new starts in new places, thinking there was the perfect location out there for us somewhere yet to be discovered. The real contentment came when I realized the only special place was the one in which we currently found ourselves. No matter where that was. Thanks, Val.

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  4. A beautiful message from Wu Hsin, and your wonderful summary at the end, Val. We build our courage and reap the rewards.

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  5. That second stanza is a bit of a mind-bender. I love it, Val. To rest peacefully in a place of unknowing. 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on Shielagh and commented:
    This is a wonderful reminder that going with the flow is the better, less painful option and usually get us where we need to go. And that is often right where we are.


  7. Love the last stanza ~ when we stop seeking the sea, we find we’re already immersed in it. All we had to do is awaken to that realization.

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  8. The optimal place to be is
    Where one already is.- I have long believed this

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  9. I like that…especially, as I have a strong tendency to think “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

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  10. twas a fun journey
    window shopping
    for what i really
    didn’t need 🙂

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  11. Going within the flow is something I have learnt over the years to do.. This was a great saying, one I had not heard before, but Love it.. 🙂

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