…more of the Daily Tao Series………
From the book ‘Tao Daily Meditations’ by Deng Ming-Dao on Water
Gathers in the earth.
Tender. Invasive. Subtle.
Emerges a shining river.
When small, it is weak.
When great, it tumbles mountains.
Rendering great cliffs
Classic wisdom says that there is nothing weaker than water, yet when united, it can become a titanic force. Like a tidal wave. Or a river that cuts through gorges. This is called the yielding overcoming the hard.
Let’s look at it another way. Water does not overcome because it yields. It overcomes because it is relentless. It perseveres and does not give up. It is constant. Rock can block water. Rock can even hold water in a lake for thousands of years. Why can’t the yielding overcome the hard then? Because it cannot move. It cannot work its magic of being relentless.
Just as water must be able to express its true nature in a relentless way, so too must we simultaneously and relentlessly express our true natures if we are to be successful in life. Otherwise, we will find ourselves hemmed in by the hard walls of reality, and we will never be able to break through.
But how do we acquire such perseverance? We start small. As drops.
I initially chose to create my water image today because it’s been raining so much these past many days. However, now, I find in the text a truly meaningful lesson for myself. I’m feeling somewhat hemmed in by my reality of late. Reading this today has given me heart to persevere so that I may eventually break through. I just need to start small………….. :o)