This silent practice helps us to organize our mind and to focus the awareness on the breath and on the bodyposture.
In the exercise with the bow we coordinate our posture, breath, thoughts, skill and movement. Through them we develop a calm mind and body.
In a slow, hushed ceremony, the bow is strained and the arrow is released.
As a practitioner we are on our way to experience more vigilance and harmony in the moment itself. Only what we do in the moment itself, is part of our ceremony. We do not wonder: ‘what do I achieve with this release’? But we just concentrate on every single move towards the goal.
When the arrow has left the bow, we can only accept what has taken place. Cause and effect of the release have already passed. Disappointment or joy about of a shot are released. We cannot change the course of things that are in the past.
This incorporation of concentration, the training in awareness, contrary to ‘achieving’, supports us in our daily actions. Acceptance of what is, brings equanimity and structure. Together they open the mind for the next step.
Working directly and effectively with our disturbing emotions and deeply rooted ego-clinging is like shooting an arrow.