Thursday, February 1, 2007

Orientation (Deng Ming-Dao)

Planets orbit the sun.
Forms orbit the mind.
Most of us embody disparate aspects in our personalities; these are our forms, the way we take shape. If we aren't careful, we can become confused by such complexity. We should not deny any part of ourselves. We should arrange them. All elements are valid — they must simply be placed in the right context.

Those who follow Tao understand that a diverse personality is problematic only if some aspects dominate to the exclusion of the others. This is unbalanced. If there is a constant alteration between all aspects, then equilibrium is possible. Like the planets, feelings, instincts, and emotions must be kept in a constantly rotating order. Then all things have their place and the problems of excess are avoided.

Just as the sun is at the center of our solar system, so too must the mind of wisdom be the center of our diverse personalities. If our minds are strong, then the various parts of our lives will be held firmly to their proper courses, and there will be no chance of deviation.
Source: 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao;
January 31 entry.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this meditation, Sean. I feel like we almost have to be constant warriors, I guess you could say, bodhisattvas, to stay awake and try to keep our multiple "planets" orbiting and in balance. Sigh, such work. But rewarding, yes?

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