If you learn to follow the Tao,
You learn not to force things,
Or engage in senseless arguments.
Every force has a counterforce,
Every “wrong” person wants their turn to be right.
Arguing or violence always activates a counter balance.
The inner alchemist performs
His spiritual practice and then rests.
He doesn’t try to dominate situations
Or rush his spiritual progress.
He doesn’t need to get his way in an argument,
Because he is happy with himself.
Because he is happy with himself,
He does not have to overdo his progress.
To overdo your progress is to go against the Tao.
To go against the Tao is to hasten decay.
Product recommendation: Mantak Chia’s Tao Yin practices.
“The Tao Yin exercises included in this book are all performed in either lying or sitting positions. They provide unique benefits that cannot be so readily achieved in standing or moving practices, such as Iron Shirt Chi Kung or Tai Chi. Improved patterns of physical alignment and movement will recondition the spine and refresh the body by opening chi flow in the meridians. Tendons and psoas muscles will be imbued with the power of elasticity, and the spine becomes more flexible. Employing the dynamic principle of ‘finding the straight in the curve’ enables the practitioner to grow and strengthen the tendons and to cultivate their elasticity.”