Reflection on the Canal

Today was my last day in Copenhagen and my friend took me for a classic tourist canal boat ride. Waiting for more passengers to board I sat completely in the back to see what I could see…and so upon arriving home after a two hour flight my reflection from earlier today presented me with this meditation right before a good night’s rest.

ImageIf we still ourselves, we can mirror the divine perfectly. But if we engage solely in the frenetic activities of our daily involvements, if we seek to impose our own schemes on the natural order, and if we allow ourselves to become absorbed in self-centered views, the surface of our waters becomes turbulent. Then we cannot be receptive.

There is no effort that we can make to still ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. Just as water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate toward the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.

ImageNeither the water nor any object make any effort to achieve a reflection. In the same way, meditation will be natural and immediate. ~Deng Ming-Dao~