Kathryn Cloward Calm Peaceful Waters

 

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?” ~ Lao Tzu

I spent majority of my teen and young adult years waterskiing. My family spent many weekends and summer vacations waterskiing on the Colorado River. Most of my friends adventured to the river with us and learned to waterski behind my parent’s boat. I enjoyed the sport so much that I even competed on the SDSU waterski team for a few semesters.

This right here is the smooth, glassy water slalom water-skiers love. Calm water is ideal for waterskiing.

As I was walking this morning I realized this is the “water” I desire for my life too. Smooth. Calm. Clear. I desire this because I know what it feels like to live in the white-capped, muddy, unclear turmoil of internal and external chaos.

Spanning the last eight years of completely transforming my life, one of the biggest shifts I’ve made for my wellbeing is my daily choice to cultivate calm, quiet, simple space for myself. It’s in the quiet that I am able to hear Spirit’s guidance, and be in the flow of receiving messages to share through my songs and books. It’s in the quiet that I’ve become more patient and discerning. If it doesn’t feel calm or it isn’t clear, I wait. I know clarity will come. It always does.

But, I once was a person who couldn’t stand alone time. I needed to be around people. I sought guidance externally and allowed the court of public opinion to shape my perception of myself. I now know I was avoiding my inner voice and I was absorbing way too much unnecessary, and often unhealthy, external noise and energy.

Ultimately, I was avoiding myself.

It’s been in the comfort of quiet and becoming more patient that I’ve gained clarity to walk my path with honor and joyfully be okay simply being uniquely me.

I share this because my hope is for others to be okay simply being uniquely themselves too. I desire for others to choose patience and discernment with allowing life to settle into calm peaceful waters.

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