The Difference Between Restless and Resting

 

awake at night

‘I know’ is the restless place for all beings.

‘I don’t know’ is the resting place for all beings.*

~ Mooji

 

The need to hold on to “knowing” keeps many of us from finding peace. We think knowing  is the answer, but it creates more restlessness.

It can become a never-ending quest for control and security. We create stories about this state to make it okay. We call it our personality or human nature.

It can appear as worrying about things beyond our control. For example: holding on to being right, trying to change others into our way of thinking and acting, striving to be perfect, looking for answers to problems that only exist in our mind, staying awake at night wondering what would make us happy …

Over time is becomes a habit that keeps feeding the insecure ego mind. The need to know increases fear and uncertainty.

Contentment comes from embracing the not knowing. It isn’t a simple or an easy transformation to make. Yet, when we accept that we don’t know and make room for it in all areas of our life, we create space for peace.

In surrendering to reality we find the freedom to be at rest with life.

Namaste

 

* Mooji. White Fire: Spiritual insights and teachings of advaita zen master Mooji (Kindle Locations 3306-3307). Mooji Media Publications. Kindle Edition.

Haiku – knowing

Middle ground

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No need to be right

Open up to new learning

Middle Ground knowing

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* Haiku – wonder

sense of wonder

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Take time to pause, look

Open up to the wonder

Find your Middle Ground

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* Inspiration – Tao knowing

This is one of my favorite quotes from Lao Tzu.  Why not take time to pause and reflect on the words and how they resonate with you today.

pearls of wisdom

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Knowing the world is intelligent.

Knowing yourself is enlightenment.

Bending the world to your will takes force.

Willing yourself to bend is true strength.

Succeeding in the world yields riches.

Being content with what is yields wealth.

Apply Tao to the physical world and you will have a long life.

See past the physical world to the enduring presence of Tao and death will lose its meaning.*

 ooOoo

 

* Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 492-499). . Kindle Edition.