Be water, my friend…

Be water, my friend…  My teacher always used to talk about the tai chi power of yielding. He used to say, when you can get away no one can hurt you. When your opponent realizes they cannot hurt you they will become afraid.
 
This comes from the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8, discussing and advocating the supreme virtue of water. In the Tai Chi classics this is expressed as “4 ounces defeats 1,000 pounds.”
 
The path to yielding is not easy and there are no shortcuts. Hard work and perserverence are key to emptying your heart. After your heart is empty you will be able to yield.
 
Be water, my friend..

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