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24 December 2008 @ 09:15 am
Tao of the Day  
And then
- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching #22)

That which yields, is not always weak.
- Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart

Those who bend endure long after the unbending have broken.
- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching #78, trans. Grigg)

So, yes, be flexible. But.

When everything is working naturally,
the eye sees,
the ear hears,
the nose smells,
the mouth tastes,
the mind perceives,
and the heart spontaneously responds with the appropriate action.
- Chuang Tzu (trans. Freke)

Yielding and bending, are these things natural?

If you have to put your mind to bending, if it does not spontaneously occur, are you doing damage to your nature?

Is all yielding mindful? Or do you find yourself doing it spontaneously at the right moments?
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Ichiban Chandomichan on December 24th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
If I don't have to put my mind to it, or really think about and analyze it, or feel uncomfortable about it, then to me, yielding and flexibility is fine. Depends on the situation, too.
Angerieangerie on December 25th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I wonder if there's a problem with speaking so generically about a movement. It's like saying, 'Is walking always a good idea?' Well, not in a car, no.

There has to be something more fundamental underneath these quotations. Something about identity and needs and ability to cause change all wrapped together. There's a peace in swaying with the wind, But if the wind completelt blows through you, you stop existing. You know, nobody makes movies about people who were blown over by the wind. It's the moments when people maintain their identity, demand to have their needs met, hold out confidence in their ability to effect change that inspire... that seems appropriate to me.

That doesn't mean that identity is always at stake, though. Not every need should be answered and ability to make change is not ubiquitous. So yielding is not universally bad, either.