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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - May 19th, 2013 - Stress - 應力 - Yìnglì

Stress - 應力 - Yìnglì

What is the source?
Others demands,
or your own desires?
A lack of rest,
too much responsibility,
or just restless?
When you close your eyes,
what first leaps out
 from the darkness?


Sometimes responsibility becomes so great that it is difficult to control mental equilibrium. Attention is scattered, frustration rears up, and tremendous sorrow results soon after. Your insides ache, yet you cannot eat. You lie in bed for hours but get little sleep. Quarrels with others constantly arise despite trying to close yourself off.

An old sage may glibly dismiss all of this as humanity's folly. They are undoubtedly right, but the lofty sage provides little guidance to those of us lost in the dirt.  We are scrounging for survival while they rest on some pristine white cloud. Many other people face these same pressures, at this very same moment. Even if we find a way out of this particular problem, we cannot forsake society once and for all.

When under stress, awareness of Tao is extremely difficult, if not impossible. If you are constantly fighting on the battlefield, or in the office, or at home, or in your mind, you will never be one with Tao. If you involve yourself in this type of life, then you must face these problems bravely...until you can no longer and must renounce it.

Every moment is a choice. You may seek to drown yourself in a pool of self-loathing, or you can climb from the muck and begin the slow process of cleansing your self. The best advice is remembering that stress is not absolute reality.