Its has been reportedly said that “It is all in the bow”.
To bow down before an icon, another being or maybe an ideal can seem a very cultural thing. An act steeped in tradition, a gesture to imagined enlightened ones, to one’s elders or maybe even to God.
Done out of duty, it can be an empty act.
Done with a sense of contrition, it can often be vain.
Done with all our humanity, it is an act of enlightenment.
When you no longer need to bow, it is possible to do so.
As long as you’re working it out, you cannot really do it fluently.
It is all in the bow.
© David R. Durham
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