It is all so simple. You can learn from an ordinary bamboo leaf what ought to happen. It bends lower and lower under the weight of snow. Suddenly the snow slips to the ground without the leaf having stirred. Stay like that at the point of highest tension until the shot falls from you. So, indeed it is: when the tension is fulfilled, the show must fall, it must fall from the archer like snow from a bamboo leaf, before he even thinks it. ~ Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Harrigel (1953/1971)
Sometimes change needs to happen. However, in whatever way, for whatever reason, that change could be put off by those needing to make it. The “putting off” is part of the “adding of” tension, like snow accumulating on the leaf of a bamboo. When enough tension has accumulated, however, change happens – sometimes almost instantaneously, before we have a chance to track our own actions.
This is a natural process, and a self-sustaining healthy progression of a developing human being.
So, next time you know change should take place, and you’re feeling the tension at greater and greater levels, rejoice! Change is near, and will feel wonderful when it happens.
“Zen” quote pulled from a chapter in “Aesthetics of Change,” by Bradford Keeney