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Tai Chi – A Real Softy

If the bed is hard, and our body rigid, the bed will feel hard.

If the bed is hard, and our body is soft, the bed will feel soft.

For something to feel hard it must come against something hard.

When life feels hard and we react by becoming hard, life feels hard.

When life feels hard and we respond by becoming soft,

Life may still be hard, but it will feel soft, and we will feel soft.

Softness Is Choosing

Not to fight, not to run, not to hide, not to lie, not to try, and not to comply.

Softness Is Choosing

To meet each situation non-defensively, reflectively, respectfully.

Softness takes practice, lots of it.

(From my new book,  The Peaceful Body – At The Heart of Lao Tzu.)