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“Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat.” – Lao Tzu

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My mind wakes up first.  The ticker tape of to-dos float across it.  Activity conquers cold.

My heart wakes up second.  It races.  I inhale.  I exhale.  Stillness conquers heat.

My body wakes up third.  I move quickly.  I put on my training clothes.  I make coffee.   Activity conquers cold.

I train.  I sweat.  I rest.  Stillness conquers heat.

I prepare.  I cook. I plan.  Activity conquers cold.

I think.  I act.  I speak.   Activity conquers cold.  

My body stays warm.  My mind is on fire. Stillness conquers heat.

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The tension between stillness and activity is a struggle when the temperature drops.  How do I still my mind and not my body?  How do I find warmth without overheating?  Can I still myself without getting swallowed by the depths of the winter blues?

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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

-T.S. Eliot

 

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And the stillness the dancing.  Stillness conquers the cold.

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Trying to survive the February blues by getting my write on with writealm:

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Lisa February 3, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Oh, I love your “Be Still” post! I’m also finding that balance between activity and stillness, in the throes of mid-winter. I enjoyed reading- I’m doing the February Prompts also. Thanks for sharing!

    • rozanne February 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

      Thank you! It is ALWAYS a balancing act, no? And it’s always an extra challenge when the elements are affecting one side or the other.

  • amanda February 3, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Love that Eliot quote!

    • rozanne February 3, 2014, 6:02 pm

      I know 🙂 Stillness as a less passive activity. Who would have thought?

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