Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and your waters become clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment,
but not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
(Mitchell, trans. 1988; stanza 15)
What could this feel like in my body?
I become aware of the bony basin of my pelvis
the fluid movement of my breath
ribcage, low belly
low belly, ribcage
my eyes settle deeper into my skull
space opening around me
heavy into the ground
light moving up
photos: me, Ashokan Reservoir, NY; August 2018.