"When a drunk man falls from the cart he does not hurt himself as other
men. Chuang Tzu says this is because He knows nothing about the vehicle
or the fall. Concern for life or death never enters his breast.
Therefore, he is not afraid to collide with things."
The drunk man in the story was relaxed. That is why he didn't hurt
himself. Worry or tension should be avoided. According to Chuang Tzu,
if you are free of worry, you are not afraid. This is different from
taking precautions to keep from being injured or hurt.
A story is told in China of a boy who was home alone in the
countryside. His family was working away from the house, and the boy
had made a fire to keep warm. All of a sudden the head of a wolf
appeared between the two sides of the swinging doors of the house. The
boy didn't know it was a wolf; he thought it was a dog. Grabbing one
end of a burning stick from the fire, he thrust it straight at the wolf
and said, "I'll burn you." Terrified, the wolf pulled back from the
fire, and his neck became caught between the doors. The more he tried
to retreat, the tighter his head was caught in the doors. Finally he
began to howl in pain.
The neighbors heard and quickly came to investigate. When they saw the
body of the wolf stuck in the door. they killed him:
The boy was safe. The fearlessness and
quick thinking of the boy had saved his life.
Worry and tension, as shown by the wolf,
cost him his life.
Tai Chi Chuan and meditation can help us
develop calm, peacefulness and clarity of mind.