If you want to shrink something,
you must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
you must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
of the way things are.
The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your working remain a mystery.
Just show people the results.
Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.
There is no right or wrong time or place to meditate. Establishing a quiet corner for meditation and the practice of meditating at a similar time each day can be helpful for many beginners on the path. The questions of when, where, and how often will be answered through experience and experimentation. The answers will be different for every person traveling on the path. Meditation deepens through practice and dedication.