* Tao Inspiration for our Times

winder weather

Sometimes a passage from the Tao te Ching comes to light at just the right time. With the storms in the Western US and the upcoming change in government, this seems to be a timely share.

Water is unquestionably soft and yielding,
Yet it can carve massive canyons
And sweep away entire cities with ease.

This is because it does not rise up in solid fragility like the structures of humanity,
But flows in low places, fluid and flexible like humanity itself.

There is great strength in what seems weak,
Great instability in what seems strong.

The creation of grand structures implies their inevitable destruction.
Humble, flexible, transitory existence implies true continuity.

In this way, things imply their opposites.

We all know this, because we have seen it.
Somehow, in living our lives, we forget.*

~ Lao Tzu

“Things imply their opposites” yet we make judgments, along with our plans. Are we  really ready for the unexpected?

The future has yet to unfold.
Be open. Be ready.

Be ready to be fierce. Be ready to be kind


*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1028-1041). . Kindle Edition.

35 thoughts on “* Tao Inspiration for our Times

  1. Speaking from the heart is a very hard thing for people to do in this world, and yet very few are good at it. I am and have been open as I can be with myself, as you read my blog you see my feelings hanging out there. But thanks again for your kind words…

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  2. Val how is it that you posted the words I needed today. Lots of changes for us coming. Moving house, husband has a new job and I need to find my way with my art. Thank you, have a great day. Im reading a book on being assertive without being aggressive. i guess that could count for being fierce and being kind at the same time.

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    • Yes indeed Nancy … although for many the flow may feel more of a struggle in these challenging times! Let us stand for the goodness and trust that balance will prevail. 💛


  3. :..There is great strength in what seems weak,
    Great instability in what seems strong…”

    These words are here to remind us that sometimes we choose to believe what we perceive to be true and not what actually might be true.

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