Still the Senses

Still the Senses
Constantly looking outward, Exhausts the eyes and liver. Over-reaching to listen,
Exhausts the ears and kidneys. Eating too much numbs the tongue, And burdens the stomach and spleen.
Compulsive thinking of past and future Will drive a person crazy.
An unquenchable desire for more
Will break the heart.
Therefore, the alchemist turns his senses inward. He feels the ebb and flow of creation
But maintains his center.

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