Saturday, February 10, 2007


Today's Taoist meditation screamed at me this morning. I must share.

Footsteps in the sand
Quickly washed away:
The seashore mind.

Going to the beach means walking in the fresh air, listening to the sound of waves, feeling the grit of sand beneath our feet. The narrow ribbon between land and ocean is a perfect place to understand the mind of wisdom. Just as there is a dynamic balance between sand and water, so too is there a dynamic equilibrium between the quiescent and active sides of our minds. Just as the sand is constantly being washed, so too should we keep our minds free of lingering impressions.

We often let thoughts, regrets, and doubts from past activities carry over into the present. This leads us to conflict. Instead of allowing this to happen, we should act without leaving consequences. This requires great thoroughness. Such completeness is challenging, but to succeed is to live perfectly. By resolving the problems of each day to our utmost satisfaction, we attain the sublime purity of a beach constantly washed by waves.

From 365 Tao
Deng Ming-Dao
Harper Collins
Meditation for February 10


sare said...

wow... that is really beautiful.
sometimes it's just so darn difficult to quiet the mind...
something to work on for sure.

wishing you a quiet week.

Miss 1999 said...

That's very beautiful, and something so very, very true. I so often hold onto things that I shouldn't. I keep these negative things inside, and they end up causing so many problems. It's time to start letting them go, and looking towards a better tomorrrow :0) Thanks so much for sharing!

Misty said...

Wonderful insight, a great lesson to pass on, thanks! I am happy to report that I do acheive that about 80% of the time, so I'm not too out of sorts.

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