Life Under a Purple Cloud

Healing the Eastern Way

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The great sage Chuang Tzu (or Zhuangzi) once said:




When an archer is shooting for fun, He has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle, He is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold, He goes blind, Or sees two targets – He is out of his mind.
His skill has not changed, But the prize divides him. He cares, He thinks more of winning Than of shooting – And the need to win Drains him of power.

The great sage Chuang Tzu (or Zhuangzi) once said:

When an archer is shooting for fun,
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle,
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold,
He goes blind,
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.

His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him.
He cares,
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of power.

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