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to cultivate Tao.
Morning, noon, or night,
the best time
must be found.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Find the most optimal time of the day or night, when you are most energized and open to self-cultivation. When you find this affinity, devote yourself to Tao. For some people, dawn is this time, when the world is fresh and the mind untainted. For these people, the morning is meant for devotion and study. A morning is not simply meant for breakfast, catching up on current events, or a long commute. It is best spent slowly slipping back into the world, shedding off the residue of peaceful sleep. Clean yourself, drink fresh water to alleviate dehydration, and begin to tap into the rising energy of the day.
For other people, the evening is when they feel the most alert. Some people are stirred by twilight, when day and night are perched precariously on the balance. The world grows dark, but by doing so, worldly cares may be set aside. Rest and relaxation are of paramount importance when daylight withdraws. Night is meant for regeneration, but it is too often filled with wanton entertainment, indulgent intoxication, and too-sought-after sexuality. This all results in a need to rebound, to the other extreme of excess slumber. It is much preferred to retire from the cares of each day, bathe, and wind down in unison with the powerful darkness.