When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world.
Tao Te Ching v61
As I focus on God, I am rested and renewed.
My brain has an amazing capacity to process ideas and find solutions. It can multitask and solve complex problems. Yet sometimes I may find it hard to sort through the many ideas in my head and focus on what is important. I may be distracted and overwhelmed.
At such times, I stop, breathe deeply, and bring my active mind into quiet meditation and prayer. I slow down the mental processes of thinking, planning, and analyzing. I allow my mind to become still. I give my brain a rest and concentrate on God.
As I meditate, my mind quiets and I listen to Spirit within. As I focus on God, I am rested and renewed.
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.—Matthew 11:28
. . . Is Constant
The Presence Of Christ
At all times keep in your heart the thought of the presence of Christ; remember His peacefulness and calm amidst the turmoil of worldliness. You who are His disciple must seek ever to find the place of quietude and sweetness in the midst of the crowd. It is easy in solitude to be close to Him, but you must learn to become aware of your Master, despite the crowding of the multitude.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle