It’s a great practice to be a hollow bamboo, whether you’re meditating or sitting in stillness, whether you’re moving about your day doing the washing up, or driving a car, or whatever it is. Whether you’re at work or have a task, whether it’s a creative project, whatever it is.
Just spend five minutes, right at the beginning, being a hollow bamboo. Just be empty. Don’t try to empty your mind. Don’t try to still your thoughts. Don’t try to change your emotional atmosphere. Don’t try anything. A hollow bamboo isn’t trying; it’s still a bamboo just as you are still a human being. Don’t try to be something else. Don’t try to be a perfect human being. Don’t try to be a spiritual human being. Don’t try to be an enlightened human being. Don’t try!
A hollow bamboo has no trying in it. The wind still blows through it. That wind may be very gentle with a light touch or it may be a storm. It may have a ferocity in it. Just be the hollow bamboo. There’s a deep acceptance in that.
Be available for the movement of God, for the breath of God. Be available and open. It’s like a prayer. Start with that prayer, wherever you are. Five minutes is all it takes.
Just remember it at the beginning of your day, at the middle of your day, at the end of your day. That is more powerful than anything else. It’s a surrender. It’s a bowing down to the intelligence of life.