There is no effort that we can make to still ourselves

There is no effort that we can make to still ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. Just as water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate toward the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.

~ from 365 TAO: DAILY MEDITATIONS by Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao: Daily Meditations
By Ming-Dao Deng