Living without contention, we are well-rooted in the earth. Zen poets say we become a mature bamboo – steady at the base, flexible in strong winds, and responsive to the movement of life. The strength of non-contentiousness brings patience and trust. The poet Rilke reminds us,
“Being fully alive means not numbering or counting,
but ripening like a tree which doesn’t force its sap and stands confidently in the storms of winter
not afraid that summer might not come.
It does come. It always comes.”
Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart