new perspectives

Submit and transcend:

Divergence becomes patterned,

Empty becomes potential,

Used becomes renewed,

Basic becomes foundation,

Complexity becomes confusion.

The sage embraces what is rather than what should be.

We would do well to mimic this.*

~Lao Tzu


I love these shifts in how we can change our thinking and our reality.

We would indeed do well to mimic this.


*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 349-355). . 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 ๐Ÿ’›

21 comments on “* Tao Wisdom – shift perspectives

  1. “Empty becomes potential.” Love this! Thanks, Val!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. “Empty becomes potential”. This one chimes very strongly, Val. I have attempted to write about this myself, though feel the efforts somewhat ineffectual! When the mind is freed from its neurotic and incessant collapsing and coalescing around the objects of consciousness, all that remains is potential – the vast creative potency of expansive, objectless awareness. Failed again! H โค

    Liked by 2 people

    • Agreed Hariod ๐Ÿ’›
      Empty usually comes from a mindset of lacking. When we shift awareness to non judging spaciousness, it becomes only potential.
      Here’s a quote I found just for you ๐ŸŽˆ

      “Failure usually strikes on the cusp of success. So stay true through to the bitter end.”
      Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 873-874). . Kindle Edition.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Brilliant quote, Val. I’ve known many who’ve abandoned their spiritual search as they no longer perceived a linear path of progression, and in instead seem to themselves to have regressed – in powers of concentration, garnering insight, reversions to what were thought to have been mental states progressed away from. The Buddhist insight path of the Theravada (orthodox) tradition states that the whole path must be accomplished four times, each with an increasing degree of subtlety or fineness. It’s likened to sanding rough wood smooth – at first one uses coarse paper, then medium, etc. One has to be prepared to tolerate what may be perceived as failure in order to see that one hadn’t realised the depths (smoothness of wood) of the experience when first passing through. It’s quite amazing, and really does work that way within that system. H โค

        Liked by 1 person

  3. We would indeed do well to mimic this! Thanks for sharing Val. โค
    Here's to embracing what is…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I especially relate to:

    “Complexity becomes confusion.

    The sage embraces what is rather than what should be.”

    Thank you for the reminders, Val.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Carol Ferenc

    Love this, especially “Empty becomes potential.” Great post, Val.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Love the wisdom of Lao Tzu!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Love it Val. It really is the answer to all our problems. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I have a lot of Lao Tzu’s quotes. He was a brilliant man.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Each one of these shifts resonates, Val — thanks for sharing the Tao wisdom.

    Liked by 1 person

I'd love to hear from you ...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: