106. Staying Busy with Tilling and Persevering
1 The cultivation of quiet sitting is like any other training. It is primarily a learning process. On one hand, you study a method, and on the other hand, you tap the workings of qi in your body, allowing them to take place naturally.
2 Since each person’s constitution is different, the process of cultivation differs. Although they all share a common principle, their progress is not the same.
3 Quiet sitting is a method of cultivating the Dao. Once you study quiet sitting, you embark on cultivating the Dao. This will be a long journey. You are not going to get there in a single leap. It will not be effective to work by fits and starts, much less sitting for a long spell and then quitting for lack of results.
4 To cultivate the Dao by doing quiet sitting, you must swallow bitterness, make your will steadfast, and not get ahead of yourself. You must persevere. Do not ask about the harvest, only keep busy with tilling. In time, you should reach a breakthrough.
5 Having observed the co-strivers in the Quiet Sitting Classes, most of them study in their spare time while they hold down a job, and many of them have family burdens. They face many trials in ordinary life, and for them cultivating the Dao is arduous task. Along with the worldly duties they shoulder they make other worldly plans.  In truth, they have it harder than contemplatives who dedicate themselves to the Dao.
6 Be aware that mundane work is laborious and taxing to the spirit. The prospects it offers are fame, wealth, and admiration. It holds forth dazzling attractions and lurid possibilities. The greater the temptation, the deeper the pitfalls. One can easily slip in a single careless moment.
7 Now we must keep our worldly bearings as we carry out other worldly practices. More than other worldly seekers of the Dao, past and present, we must have a better understanding of our environment, if we are to accomplish two things at once.
8 Those of us who are co-strivers must relish detachment from material possessions and find inner joy. In the midst of ordinary life, our minds must become detached from worldly desires. We must be determined. Over time it will become a habit, and we will find contentment in what we do.
The Women’s First Chinese Original Quiet Sitting Class, September 12, 1983
 "Other worldly plans" means planning with a detached mindset from the world, that is, a mindset that transcends the world.