dao water

smelll of plum blossom on the air as people gather to visit the tiger spring

water Chinese characters for "water"

Water cleanses,
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 wall of reality, and we will never be able to break through.

But how do we acquires such perseverance? We start small. As drops.

365 Tao
daily meditations
Deng Ming-Dao (author)
ISBN 0-06-250223-9

tiger run waterfall
Tiger Spring 1962
by Fu Bao Shi
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