146. A lovely image of groundedness: a village woman in Tamil Nadu carrying a water pot on her head. Zen Master AMA Samy describes the scene like this: 'The water pot sits on the head on a small cushion, while the women walk with hands free, talking, even laughing'. He then adds: 'That is what you have to learn! Centredness, recollectedness. Concentration without effort. Silence and stillness at the centre of your being [so that] the free, random movements of thoughts at the periphery of consciousness do not matter'.