Golden light skims azure bay,
Dense air heavy with laurel.
Windless dusk smears to night,
Sonorous pool in a sheltered grove.
Though this world is turbulent, there are still days and places
where we can be afforded some tranquility. When this happens, it is
right to rest from the tribulations and striving of being in the world
and to take advantage of what is offered. Sometimes it will be the
peaceful feeling of sunset, when the blazing sun becomes reconciled with
the horizon and a sense of acceptance lingers in the air. At other
times, it will be the chance encounter with a secret place -- perhaps a
grove of trees that promises a mysterious comfort.
In such private places, we can often find peace. Such stillness can
even be precious, as when we notice the deep voice of a stream which we
were always too busy to hear before. Indeed, sometimes we are so worn
out by our daily activities that we forget to notice our need for
Renewal is a profound tonic. With sanctuary and rest, we can
prepare to go forth again.
365 Tao: Daily Meditations