Monday, March 12, 2007

Independence

A solitary crane
In winter snow
Needs no jewels.

A single crane standing unconcerned in the falling snow is the very image of independence. It needs no one, it is secure in its environment, and it is capable of going through life alone. Its independence stems from self-sufficiency.

It needs no clothing, no building, no wealth, no status. It is content, even glorious in its naked identity. So too with ourselves: There is no need for dazzling clothes, an impressive career, an awesome temple, nor a bejewelled master. What we want is something far beyond such externals.

What facets of your personality are encumbrances? What personal aspects prevent you from being independent? These are the areas that will define your self-cultivation, for you must strive to stand alone. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever join with others, but you will do so as an individual who will cooperate just as much as is necessary. In this way, you will never be lost in a group, and you will never fear being alone.


Meditation for March 12
365 Tao
Deng Ming-Dao
Harper Collins

2 comments:

Miss 1999 said...

How inspirational! So very, very true-- I loved this one, and the last one you posted (awhile back)-- thanks so much for sharing these with us!

Janice said...

Hi Dave,

That's nice.

I never understood trying to keep with the Jones either.

Janice~

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