This post is #27 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. If you are just starting this series, you may want to take a look at some of my other posts on the I Ching.
This hexagram challenges us to look at what we nourish ourselves with. As with all things I Ching, this question is asked on many different levels. You could answer this literally, by looking at the foods that you are choosing for your sustenance. Are you choosing healthy foods? Unhealthy foods? Do the foods you choose match up with what you say is important to you?
You could look at this on another level and ask yourself, “What do I nourish myself with by how I spend my time?” Again, is there congruence between what you say is important and what you are spending your time on?
These are simple questions. The answers are simple, too. The key is not to beat yourself up about what is not congruent, but to notice these differences and make changes in your life to reflect that.
What about you? When I read this, I could think of all kinds of way that I am being incongruent. I am working on it, but I still have a ways to go. What came to mind for you as you read this post?