“A man was plodding along a dusty road carrying a long pole on his shoulder with most of his possessions hanging from the ends of the pole. The driver of a horse-drawn wagon saw the man and offered him a ride in the back of the wagon. The man gratefully accepted. As they moved along the bumpy road, the driver heard loud crashes coming from the back of the wagon. When he looked back he noticed that the man was stumbling about with the heavy pole still on his shoulder, bumping into the sides of the wagon. ‘Why don’t you put down the pole and relax a bit,’ the driver suggested. ‘I don’t want to add any more weight to your already heavy wagon,’ the man replied sincerely, trying very hard to keep his balance.”–From my book The Tao of Natural Breathing.
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