March 27, 2009

Getting Swept Away

One time when I was at the beautiful Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida, I fell asleep on a plastic raft, floating in some shallow water. When I woke up, I was startled to find I had drifted quite far from shore. The tides, currents, and breezes had carried me away, and before I knew it I was in need of some serious paddling to get back to safety. It took longer than I thought, and my arms got very tired, but I kept at it and finally reached the shore.

It is easy to get swept away from the Tao. The ebb and flow of daily life, the currents of contemporary culture, the demands on our time that blow us about like ocean winds: all these conspire to carry us away from being one with the Tao. If we are not careful, it is easy to wake up and discover we are far from shore and that it is time for serious paddling.