The fisherman repairs his net
And the fish are nearly caught.
If a fisherman does not have a properly repaired net, then his trip is useless. Preparation is the major part of his endeavor. Only when the fisherman keeps his nets intact, keeps his boat repaired, and studies the conditions of fish and water does going out to fish become a mere formality. Then fish fall into his hands as if guided by invisible lines.
When it seems as if nothing encouraging is happening to us, it is important to remember such perseverance. Work may be drudgery, maintaining a home may be routine, and we may find our goals quite distant. But we must persevere and prepare nevertheless. That will bring a steady pace toward our goals, and buoy our faith in rough and threatening times.
This book is one of the books that are part of my daily readings and study of Tao. The other books include:
- Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony
- The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons
- The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life
I read and contemplate the passages before breakfast, before lunch, before dinner and before bed. I find it very convenient to do this using the Kindle version on my mobile phone.
Before I begin my morning meditation I randomly select one of the passages that I have read to read again as it provides a good focus for me.
I use the 11 minute version of the Sa Ta Na Ma / Kirtan Kriya meditation, with its combination of sitting, mantra and mudra as it helps to calm and get my Acquired Brain Injury brain, with Monkey Mind on steroids, centred first thing in the day. I then sit silently for an additional 15 or 30 minutes after the 1 minute stretching and quiet time at the end.
Richard E. Ward