Careful observation reveals an alert, poised quality, a kind of expectancy or readiness.

If we balance ourselves in this quality,
we can sense a subtle tension supporting it,
or feel the vibrations of our senses powering this readiness.

Although apparently still, the mind in its readiness is already reaching out and inviting stimulation.

Like a frog sitting motionless
until a movement within its range
stimulates a lightning flicker of its tongue,
our minds are prepared for instant response.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom

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