Peace and Stillness

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I purchased some posters a few months ago on Peace and Zen Living and I have put a few up in my craft room and the spare room. The Tween finds some of these sayings funny.

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step

Lao Tzu

She read this one out and said “Well duh. You can’t walk anywhere unless you take a step first”. By jove I think she’s got it!

We cannot see our reflection in running water

It is only in still water that we can

Taoist proverb

To a Tween who has difficulty in keeping still and is always pirouetting or doing high kicks around the house, this was something she had difficulty in grasping. Looking at it literally she said “Of course there is no reflection in running water because it keeps moving”. I tried to explain its meaning but I don’t think she got it.

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear

Zen saying

The Tween response to this “Well that’s obvious. If you don’t shut up, you won’t hear anything”. I think she’s got this one too. ๐Ÿ™‚ With that in mind, I’m not sure though that she will get the saying about Peace in my graphic.

How difficult it is to remain peaceful and calm when all around you is noise – particularly at this time of the year. The pace tends to become so frantic as people rush to complete things before year’s end. Add in the social engagements and other commitments and it begins to spiral out of control at times. Take time throughout the coming days to take a few deep breaths, calm your heart and close your eyes and be still.

Have a blessed day ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 thoughts on “Peace and Stillness

    1. She is such a funny child. She’s at that age where she questions so many things. And yes, we need to stay calm. If we don’t, we will implode. You know exactly what I mean about that don’t you?

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    1. My Tween is a whirlwind April ๐Ÿ™‚ Last night we were at my work Christmas party and I had a couple more glasses of wine than I usually do. She became my mother and kept pulling me into line. She even called the Garden Gnome and told him to come and get us lol

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  1. Wonderful words of wisdom, thanks for sharing Suz. It’s funny, whenever there is chaos going on around me I have always been the calm one. I don’t know why this is, I haven’t studied any philosophies like Zen or anything. Once when my nephew was a toddler he was choking on something and wasn’t breathing, my sister was freaking out, my brother-in-law was frozen, I picked up the child, held him face down on my arm, thwacked his back and the ciggaret butt he had swallowed popped out. It all happened so fast I was on auto-pilot… very wierd.

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    1. That’s wonderful. I tend to go calm in these sort of situations as well. I haven’t studied philosophies too much but I think being calm in yourself when everything else is going crazy can only be good for your health.
      I’m glad your nephew was okay.

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