If you take a cup of muddy water and shake it around, it becomes even more cloudy. If you allow the same cup of water to sit in total stillness, the dirt falls and the water becomes clear. This concept is often used to teach proper meditation. The longer you keep your mind still, the more clarity you will gain.

The clarity that we are talking about is just another way of describing stillness. When you begin to live with a still cup (mind), the once muddy pools of your life turn into rivers of clarity.

When we are facing a difficult problem, our natural response is to become disturbed. We worry and fear what could happen. Feeling these thoughts causes the waters of our life to be shaken, thereby making them muddy and confusing. When we have dirty water, our lives become unconscious and difficult; suffering abounds.

When we approach these problems with peace and acceptance, the water becomes still and the solutions are clear. The answers to lifeʼs difficulties are always before us when we need them.

It pays to let go of your fears and worries. Holding onto them only makes the waters more dirty and causes greater suffering. Have the courage the let go, to loosen your grip, and to allow the stillness to make the waters of your life clear again. When seen through the eyes of clarity, life becomes perfection. You recognize that the difficulties you once saw were simply mud in your cup.

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2 Responses to “Live with a Clear Cup”

  1. Thanks for making the case for meditation and prayer.

    That’s probably the last thing you were trying to do but that’s what those two practices do for me:) Solutions always crystalize after mindfulness practice.

    Most of the day our minds are running like a bunch of horses in the Kentucky derby. If we can just trot or sit still for a minute, life can become so much clearer.


    • Meditation and prayer were kind of exactly what I was talking about. I love the analogy about the horses. Actually, I was watching this documentary about the brain and how, when we sit still and stop thinking, other important parts of our brain become *more* active/productive, so that can be really helpful (as you know!).


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