When young, things are soft.
When old, things are brittle.
Stretching— both literally and metaphorically— is a necessary part of life.
Metaphorical stretching leads to expansion and flexibility in personal growth. A young plant is tender and pliant. An older one is stiff, woody, and vulnerable to breaking. Softness is thus equated with life, hardness with death. The more flexible you are, the greater your mental and physical health.
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