“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
Alan Wilson Watts
With struggle, our minds work over time. We search for solutions or drown in our emotions and abuse our imagination with negative outcomes or tantalizing thoughts. Nothing seems adequate. The struggle is still there. Action tends to build up more and more difficulties when we take it and ignore the situation at hand. What are we to do? One could go mad. These are the muddy waters we wade through. The more we kick the more the dirt is spread around us, covering every inch of our body, getting in our hair and mouth. If we kick too long, we can exhaust ourselves and drown. The mud and water filling our lungs. We must crawl out. We must get out of the muddy water and we must observe. If we remove ourselves from the struggle, and we observe it, and we wait- eventually the mud will settle to the bottom and the water will become clear. The solution will make itself known. Our patience and careful intimate study of the very water we were fighting in is what brought about the answers. Not trying to force our way into action or solutions. So with difficulty, leave it alone. Meditate on it. Observe it. Act when the answer is clear.