the Tao

Knowing the world is intelligent.
Knowing yourself is enlightenment.

Bending the world to your will takes force.
Willing yourself to bend is true strength.

Succeeding in the world yields riches.
Being content with what is yields wealth.

Apply Tao to the physical world and you will have a long life.
See past the physical world to the enduring presence of Tao and death will lose its meaning.

Lao Tzu*

This is one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching.
May it enrich the whole of you and your day. ☯

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 492-498). . Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

41 comments on “* Tao Wisdom ☯

  1. soulspeak2013

    Reblogged this on At the Table, On my Plate and commented:
    so perfect

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  2. Great wisdom, Val, and thanks for sharing it. There’s a big difference between intelligence and wisdom, riches and wealth.

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    • Thanks Vincent! I sometimes think that as we experience life’s highs and lows, a wisdom settles into our being. It may take a while for the mind to comprehend, but this wisdom is there for all of us to access. xo

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  3. This post is wonderful and echoes Karen’s post on the taunt bow of the archer the other day. You guys are on the same wave length Val! ❤
    Diana xo

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  4. Excellent energy for today, Val. Thank you.

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  5. Thank you, Val, this is a great passage. ❤

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  6. “Willing yourself to bend is true strength” I love these words Val, it does seem easier when we take this approach! Also I would be happy to be you twin soul sister. There is no age or distance between us in the spiritual world. “Synchronized soul sisters” ha 🙂

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  7. The only thing that really matters is being content/grateful for what “one’s world” yields. Lessons are in the ups and downs. Once I really felt this a daily basis, my perspective changed and I became more joyous and relishing the abundance of simplicity. Wonderful passage.

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  8. Aah . . . the wisdom of words from the way.

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  9. An outstanding quote Val – packed with wisdom and insight.

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  10. Thank you Val, I am eager for this kind of knowledge and life.

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  11. Masterful
    a delightful presentation
    thank you

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  12. Currently reading Thomas Merton’s translation of Chuang Tzu Val – love all this sort of thing! H ❤

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  13. Ah! Enrich…yes, Val! Thank you for nourishing my soul. Hope you have an awesome day! ♡

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  14. Deep wisdom, indeed! Going to reblog this over on Learning from Dogs.

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  15. Lots of wisdom in this passage, Val. If we just could remember and internalize all of it!

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  16. I can see why this is one of your favorites… good stuff here Val. x

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  17. Carol Ferenc

    Yes! So much wisdom here.

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  18. Excellent dear Val.. Wonderful wisdom, thank you for sharing and may we keep on bending and going with the flow 🙂 ❤ Love and light my friend xxx ❤

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  19. ….and death will lose its meaning.
    What wonderful words they are, if realized fully, one more Tao is born.
    Namaste!!!
    Shiva

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