In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.
I am a very good archer. I use archery as my way of meditation. I cannot sit down and just meditate in the classical sense. I am very active. So, I use archery. I have my bow, my arrow and I use this tension and relaxation in the second after throwing the arrow. And it is my way to meditate and this is the only thing that clears my mind. When I do archery, I am totally there with my bow, my target, my arrow, and I don't think, I am communion with the universe.
In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality.
Don’t think of what you have to do, don’t consider how to carry it out! The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.
Archery does not get difficult or hard to understand until the arrow misses.
Milan E. Elott
You have to relax when you’re shooting an arrow. You can’t be tense. And that just helps, in your day-to-day life.
If you would hit the mark [at long range], you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the pull of the earth.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.