The Dao of Duration: Hexagram 32

This old dame has been studying the I Ching for a long time — sometimes often, then for years . Some of the principles have seeped into my soul by this long acquaintanceship.

Hexagrams diagrammed, my early notes
Hexagrams diagrammed, my early notes

This is a challenging time in putting my total life change plans into motion, yet not stagnation (Hexagram 12). Lots is going on, like the gentle wind trigram beneath the thunder trigam in the hexgram of duration.

My search for a place to live is thorough. I am studying Doberman conformation.

“Duration is a state that not worn down by hindrances” (Wilhelm translation, 1950, p. 126). “It is not a state of rest, for met standstill is regression.

“Duration is rather the self-contained and therefore self-renewing movement of an organized whole, taking place in accordance with immutable laws and beginning anew at every ending.”

I like the part of this that compares such situations to the enduring movement of celestial bodies. “So likewise the dedicated [woman] embodies an enduring meaning in [her] way of life” (p. 127).

I also am reminded that being steadfast is not the same as being rigid. My flexibility shows right now in waiting.

The USA presidential campaign weighs heavily on my mind. What kind of country is this if we elect a president allied with white supremacist groups?

I am not sure I can stay in the states, at least for the short term.

The dao of duration is steadfastly embodying my goals for total life change — the gentle wind that blows (lower trigram), despite the arousing thunder of politics (upper trigram).