This repost just about sums it up for me today. Its one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching.

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“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.”*

 

New to Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching? Read more about it hereΒ and here.

* Translation by Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 492-499). . 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 πŸ’›

33 comments on “Inspiration – Knowing

  1. Wonderful reminder! Knowing, and liking, oneself is both enlightenment and contentment. (Mind you, easier said than done!)

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  2. I read this exact quote in my Meditation class this morning Val. Love it. Im in sync! πŸ™‚

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  3. We are so accustomed to trying to bend the world to our will, a product of society? Thanks for sharing this thoughtful post Val. ❀
    Diana xo

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  4. What an inspiring quote. Thank you for sharing..

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  5. I love how there is such balance and expansion in each of the statements. Lovely.

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    • Your words are really resonate with the message of the Tao Louise. Balance and expansion and connection is what It is al about πŸ™‚

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  6. “willing yourself to bend is true strength”

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  7. Lovely. Calm self-awareness allows the Tao to surface and illuminate our journey as the path unfolds before us.

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  8. Wow… so much wisdom here indeed. Love this…

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  9. Amazing words which remind us all the power lies within .. Thank you Val…

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  10. Willing myself to bend… now there is a challenge
    But perhaps a lot easier than to try and keep bending the world to suit me.
    thanks

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  11. Ack! Okay, now that was timely! Just yesterday I stated that it’s no wonder I never find my zen place with how my life goes (Not as a complaint, more of a joke, really, it was quite funny in context) but it’s true, I’m the one that frequently doesn’t adapt and doesn’t bend – this is a good reminder that I’m on the right path to become who I want to be! Thanks Val!!

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  12. breathing in
    I bend
    breathing out
    gratitude πŸ™‚

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  13. Always amazing to read from these profound texts!

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  14. Some of my favorite reading. I love the way Lao Tzu’s writings invite an opening of perception, and contemplation of the deeper meaning. Thanks for sharing, Val. I have to find my copy now.

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  15. “Great words” but the application of it is all important.

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  16. Beautiful ❀️

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