Tag: Tao te Ching

Inspiration – the Source

I came across this translation of the Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell, and am really enjoying the fresh language and approach to the wisdom of Lao Tzu. A part of me also wonders, could it be that I have changed over time, and…

Inspiration – Knowing

This repost just about sums it up for me today. Its one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching. “Knowing the world is intelligent. Knowing yourself is enlightenment. Bending the world to your will takes force. Willing yourself to bend is true…

Tao Wisdom – Water

Water teaches the wisdom of Tao: It takes no pride in sustaining life. Live near the flow. Let the mysteries of life wash over you. Be transparent. Give part of yourself to everyone, And remember every part is whole. Allow natural order to lead…

Spinning Compass

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“Allow things to flow naturally, And evil will have no power. That is not to say that evil loses its power… Better, perhaps, to say that evil itself is lost. Without a “good” to point away from, Evil’s compass spins aimlessly. And so, the…

Potter and Space

The potter knows she plays with clay but works with space, For the use of the bowl is its empty space. It is the same with the room, Made whole by the emptiness between the walls. Remember that something is not everything. Nothing is…

Tao Inspiration – a way of holding things

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Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Strong winds do not last all morning, And the heavy rains do not last all day. What causes them? Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make things last forever, How can we? Lao Tzu, Tao te…

Tao Inspiration – True Wisdom

True wisdom is a loss of misconceptions rather than an accumulation of knowledge. Do not hoard facts and call yourself wise. Sages realize they have always had enough, And so do not seek more for themselves.  * ~ Lao Tzu These words made me…

Tao Inspiration – for the times we live In

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…

* Tao Inspiration – Push and Pull

  “The way of the universe is a symbiotic flow. As one part pulls, another part pushes. A part that has excess will lose. A part that is lacking will gain. Presently, society acts against this flow. Where there is abundance, there is power…

* Tao Inspiration for our Times

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…

* Tao Inspiration – Truth

“Truth is not fancy, and does not need to be. In fact, decorations only hide it from sight. You can’t force people to see truth. Arguing with them will only draw their attention away from it.” ~ Lao Tzo * Lets keep it simple…

* Tao Inspiration – Your True Self

If you would seek your true self: Begin with simplicity, Overcome your desire for false adornments, And embrace the nature of the uncarved block. ~ Lao Tzu   The uncarved block is a metaphor representing potential and what is possible. It is also a…

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