So Gautama

I have come so close
to the beginning and end
of existence!

I found it
by listening
to the world
whispering around me,
saying

‘It is not just inner peace:
it is the brave facing up
to reality!

It is a choice, but first
you must develop the faculty.
You cannot force peace
and not expect restlessness–
it must grow inside you,
enough to become
equanimity.

But listening is not digestion!

Practice, patience,
patience and persistence–
observe sensation
and improve in silence.

Only then
will you know
the bounty
of rest.’