Wednesday, June 19, 2013

after looking inward the spirit rises


Follow the Path
Picture 'Follow The Path' kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
I reflect on the words of Master Chen Man Ching the Master of Five Excellences: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Calligraphy, Poetry, Tai Chi and Painting, and I am left speechless:


do not seek to become powerful; 
seek only to release fear from the body-mind. 
do not chase after joy; 
only breathe out your pain, your grief, your loss. 
do not ask for mastery; 
ask only to shed that which is unnatural and disharmonious. 
darkness and day follow each other. 
heavy is the root of light, stillness is the mother of movement. 
emptiness is the source of ten thousand things. 
release, breathe, shed, stand still, un-do 
let your tears fall into the earth beneath your feet 
let your sorrows sink and become your root 
what you thought was weakness will become your strength where fear has been dissolved, laughter blooms; 
after looking inward the spirit rises


I try to heed the depth of his message and I fail to put what I feel in words, my feeble attempt follows:

it's not about looking outward, but looking inward.
through the courage,
through the acceptance, 
through the humility, 
through the silence, 
through the suffering, 
through the weakness
is the natural progression of joy

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