Stagnant: not growing or changing; not circulating or flowing. When something or someone stops growing they begin to die.
Minds and hearts are like ponds. If they are open, growing, and circulating with new information and experiences, they thrive and nurture other life. But if they are closed off to new thoughts, new experiences, and new relationships, they decay, and become stagnant, thereby sustaining no life. If we are rigid and fearful of change and new possibilities we die to love, compassion, empathy, and truth. NDR ’14