“Wise Passiveness”- describe a moment in your life where such a phrase might apply
Before I delve into exploring where one may experience a moment of wise passiveness, let me begin by explaining what I believe encapsulates the meaning of wise passiveness.
Firstly, Google defines wise passiveness as “a form of learning where the individual soaks in knowledge receptively, rather than aggressively to learn. It’s when one has the opportunity to receive the world.” And although wise, I believe Google’s animatronic mind and lack of emotions means that they don’t possess the best understanding of wise passiveness.
Therefore, human to human, let me share with you a bit about wise passiveness.
To me, it means that one does not have to be actively looking for things such as knowledge and understanding. Such things take time and often come to us in unexpected moments. There are in fact ways of being in touch with knowledge without pushing for it. And I believe that this knowledge can only be found when we are quiet enough and we silence our thoughts and allow the world to speak. I do love how Google defined wise passiveness as a moment when one has the opportunity to receive the world. This is rather poetic of Google, and in my opinion, true. We receive the world when we immerse ourselves in our surroundings. It’s the moments where nature teaches us things we have never thought of, lessons that perhaps no human could’ve communicated the way nature could.
A moment in my life where I experienced wise passiveness was at a park. It was a moment taught to me by nature (multiple times in fact), and it was not until I silenced myself that I was able to hear her and understand the knowledge she was imparting.
As I was walking my dog through the park, I noticed all the birds around me flying very close to the ground and often landing to eat a bug or two. As I was walking home from the park, it began to rain. At first, I did not think much of my experience at the park, nor the rain. However, a week or so later, I experienced the same thing, low flying birds eating bugs and then shortly after, rain.
I then had an epiphanic moment…
The birds were flying low because they knew the bugs would emerge to seek higher ground from the rain! I know this may not sound like much, however, I thought that this was incredible. The birds knew that when the rain was about to fall, the bugs would be searching for higher ground, and therefore it would be easier for them to find and eat them. It was not until I really paid attention to my surroundings that I was able to gain this knowledge.
This to me, defines what it means to experience wise passiveness.
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Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
* Lessons that perhaps no human could’ve communicated the way nature could. = incomplete sentence — can you see that this is an incomplete sentence? Read it aloud. Maybe that will make clear to you why it is incomplete. Also explore the following very useful sites: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/620/01/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/5/18/38 [ If you connect it to the previous sentence all is OK]
*…. I experienced the same thing; low flying birds= ….. I experienced the same thing: low flying birds [note the difference between : and ; – Use a colon (often used for introducing quotes) : For proper use of colons see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/3/7/97/%5D
AND ; is not appropriate here- it is usually a replacement for a full-stop when two sentences are closely linked in meaning. So it is a bit like putting a brick in the middle of a sentence and shouldn’t replace the more mild comma!
for further details on Semi-colons see
Sorry Lili – I accidentally pressed the return button before I had a chance to make my overall comment. This should have gone on the top of the boring editing comments I have just made!! I think this is a wonderful blog that captures, powerfully and simply a wonderful experience of wise passiveness based on your own direct experience. Fantastic! And thank you for the clarity of your writing…. my edits are minor details about punctuation…. Keep up the great work!