“When we are calm and steady, we see things more clearly. When we are calm and steady, we see things just as they are” – My saying.
We have all been in a fight at some point in our lives. We may have cursed, shouted or lashed out physically. Afterwards, we may have noticed that it took some time for our thoughts and feelings to settle down. Our judgement may have been clouded. Or we have pushed too hard at work. We may have stayed on too long in the office, gone way beyond our quota or done too much editing on a paper. But when balanced, we are able to communicate our needs while listening to the needs of the other. We see the importance of rest, hobbies, and friendships in order to be productive. “When we are calm and steady, we see things more clearly.”
Before I begin meditation, I often look out the window into the garden where there is grass, flowers and sky. But I don’t actually see what is there; I have a skewed outlook based on how I think, feel and imagine. After meditation, I open my eyes and suddenly see reality because I am more mindful. Or I type out hundreds of words on the screen when I am in a hyper mood. When I review the text in a balanced mood, I realise that much of what I have written is unusable. By this stage, my writing is clearer and simpler and it is more ready for publication. “When we are calm and steady, we see things just as they are.”