To remedy this problem, and reach a new consciouness toward the practical values of Zen (in one’s taijiquan practice), it is necessary to quiet the inner dialogue until it is “smooth as the surface of a pond on a windless day.” Something to this effect was a saying
"As the surface of the sea is troubled by the winds, so the thoughts & emotions of men are troubled by the storms of circumstance. But the deeper parts of the sea are not troubled by the tempest, and in each of us is a region of peace where self abides forever in blessedness. "-Manly Palmer Hall“The Spirit of Zen”.
Masters who reach this level of attainment have a form that looks very smooth, without jerkiness or changes in pace.