Your Choice

 

choice

“One side of a ridge is cold and foggy,

The other side is hot and dry.

Just be choosing where you stand,

You alter your destiny.”

~ Deng Ming-Dao Tao Meditations

 

We make choices every minute that create the pattern of our lives.

From where we call home, to where we stand on an issue, matters.

Life is a one way journey, and there is no going back.

Let your wisdom guide you forward.

Destiny awaits.

 

* 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.

* Tao Wisdom ☯

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.

* Wu Hsin – Planter of Seeds

seed sprouts after rain

“Just as honey is not sweetness,
The words of Wu Hsin are not
The truth.
However, time spent with these words is like
The aftermath of rain.
In due course, a sprouting of
Understanding will occur and
Will bear fruit at a pace
Outside of one’s control.”

Wu Hsin from “The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin. Pointers to NonDuality in Five Volumes” translated by Roy Melvyn

I just received this compilation of writings by Wu Hsin and it resonates deeply with me.

Wu Hsin

Wu Hsin was born in China over a hundred years after Confucius. There is not much known about him, other than writings that have survived. His form of Taoist philosophy asks us to question everything. His uses few words and those he chooses are full of paradox and are sometimes provocative. They got my attention with their directness and deep knowing, delivered with some tongue in cheek!

I am really enjoying this work and its message about life and our spiritual nature…

  • Stop resisting “what is” and be in harmony with it. When we see clearly we act from this place of being – action with non forcing and non harming.
  • When we live in harmony, we come to understand that there is no one doing anything, and there is only the One doing everything.
  • From this comes recognition that a separate me is a misapprehension created by the mind. This feeling of being separate is the root cause of unhappiness. When we get that we are part of the One, we begin the return to wholeness.

He is a planter of seeds …

I look forward to sharing a few of these with you 🙂