Tacit Living

“Let a tacit understanding be all! All mental processes must lead to error.”
-Huang Po

The easiest thing to overlook is what you always are: aware. Without awareness, you could not do anything.

There is a living knowledge that is always within you, always guiding…

You can know it in the silence before a decision or before a remembrance, or in the space between two thoughts.

Huang Po is not speaking of managing practical affairs, like picking out your outfit for the day or deciding what’s for lunch. 

He is referring to living. As you glide through the day, quietly watch the silent knowledge within govern every movement.

Thinking is the enemy of doing. Stop thinking and allow the living tacit knowledge to flawlessly execute everything you do. 

Merriam-Webster, tacit: Understood although not put into words

Live tacitly, and perfection is your reward. 

When you are thinking, rather than paying attention to what you are doing—you drop things, can’t find your keys, or back-step off a nine-story balcony.

Be aware. When you know what you are doing, you are perfect.

I’ll post a new topic each Friday afternoon, in one of two categories. One will be on shooting, and the other will be on living. Or: how I learned to live from what I learned by competing.
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