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Friday, January 11, 2013

Daily Musing - January 11th, 2013 - Withdrawal - 撤離 - Chèlí

Withdrawal - 撤離 - Chèlí

Existence is not static,
and constant activity becomes tiresome,
so how can one overcome exhaustion
when the importance of actions
are only surface deep?
Such a shallow perspective
must be discarded;
Withdraw into the void each night,
returning in the morn, renewed.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

Our days are often filled with activity, as we rush around from meeting to meeting, making all sorts of arrangements for the distant (or not-too-distant) future. Such actions are important, but they are not the end-all in life. Even as we engage ourselves, we must remember human endeavors are temporary, provisional to our continued existence.

We cannot allow acclaim and accomplishments to restrict our perspective; we must not be divorced from the everyday occurrences of the world. It is imperative that we withdraw to reflect upon the day's events, collecting ourselves for the next morning. There is no requirement to visit a temple, a sacred mountain, or a specially-designed room for prayer. We do not need elaborate rituals. All that we must possess is our mind, simply opened, and able to turn within.

This is the reason why followers of Tao use the word returning. We must recognize the necessity of activity in life, but also realize the need to return to the void for contemplation. This is what is meant by seeking out the Tao. It is a source of all things, and in the source, one can find renewal that is necessary to continue with life. The boomerang movement, between the source and the active spark, is the genesis of movement for all bodies in the universe.