Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Is Formlessness The Best Life Strategy?

Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, says be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate. As for me, this applies well beyond just business, but also to one's deeper meditation, and life. For example: 

  • When we are rigid, why do we tend to break easily? 
  • When we are unkind, why do we hate ourselves? 
  • When we are uncooperative, why do we get stressed? 
  • When we are rude, why do we see the meanness in others? 
  • When we are one-sided in our negotiations, why do we fail quicker? 
However, if we are loose with our minds, open and compassionate and willing to see all sides to an issue, we are: 
  • Free to express ideas without limitation... 
  • Idealistic and wild with imagination... 
  • Able to sense the grander vision with ease... 
  • Not confined in seeing the world through just our daily runs... 
  • Willing to love... 
Is it this formlessness that provides us more clarity, more awareness, more mindfulness? Is this what Sun Tzu was talking about? 

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