Imbalance - 失調 - Shītiáo
the result of a poor
diet, environment, and mentality.
Hold onto the possibility
inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Whenever we feel out of sorts and cannot sleep, we are separated from Tao. If we want to get back in touch, we must ask ourselves: What have I been eating? What have I been thinking? Why can I not feel safe in this world?
It is not facetious to examine your eating habits when you feel out of the loop. Many problems can be alleviated by improving one's physical health, and even if this doesn't remedy the problem completely, it will provide a basis for future coping. Focus on eating a well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients as opposed to rich in fatty flavors. Take the time to introduce proper nutrition, eating a great variety of foods depending and according to the seasons. The skillful use of food is oftentimes superior to medicine alone.
Next, problems often arise from a difficult mind. This mind has its own interests in mind, and is led by ingrained habits and indulged excesses. The only way to counter this is through a high guard, built up against needless worry, stress, intellectual scheming, and the desire-driven mindset. This can only happen through a strong philosophical grounding and devoted meditation.
The last obstruction between ourselves and Tao is the environment, chock-full of severe weather, natural and man-made disasters, and socioeconomic upheavals that carry us all forward into an unrecognizable future. To cope with these ordeals, we must gain as much control over the environment as possible. Make home a haven, exercise control in the workplace, and show independence in the face of emergencies. It is inevitable to fall in and out of contact with Tao. The wise sage simply suggests this:
"Arrange your life, so it is always easy to return to balance."