Practice wise medicine and try to have a good laugh at least three times a day. Be humorous with God and religion, for laughter is the best way to exorcise evil, which by its nature is as heavy as hell.
-Edward Hays in "Feathers on the Wind"
From "Working Out, Working Within: The Tao of Inner Fitness Through Sports and Exercise," by Jerry Lynch, Chungliang Al Huang Tarcher:
The Chinese symbol for practice shows a young bird flapping its wings constantly until it learns to fly. When you wish to learn how to do your 'flying' in sports and exercise, remember the metaphor of the bird. You must constantly repeat your practicing of a certain skill until your spirit takes flight, soaring with joy and enormous magnitude. The physical act of repeated practice can be considered an excellent sacred mentor, creating opportunities for you to learn how to be calm and quiet as you focus on the process of repetitive motion. Practice becomes an in-the-moment, methodical, satisfying experience on the path of mastery.
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