Tao Te Ching Day 67: A Prayer

I keep coming back to the word “Contentment.” The word means a state of happiness and satisfaction. The Tao Te Ching says, “There is no crime greater than greed, No disaster greater than discontentment No fault greater than avarice Thus the satisfaction of contentment is the lasting satisfaction“ TTC 46 (Lin) Avarice means extreme greedContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 67: A Prayer”

Tao Te Ching Day 66: According With The Tao

“Sparse speech is natural Thus strong wind does not last all morning Sudden rain does not last all day What makes this so? Heaven and Earth Even Heaven and Earth cannot make it last How can humans?” TTC 23 (Lin) I am drained from the emotions of my day yesterday and feel the need toContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 66: According With The Tao”

Tao Te Ching Day 65: Why Classifying Good and Bad is Useless

Therefore the good person is the teacher of the bad person The bad person is the resource of the good person TTC 27 (Lin) I want to help people; I really have a desire to help people. Because I needed a great deal of help, other people’s service saved my life. I believe in teachingContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 65: Why Classifying Good and Bad is Useless”

Tao Te Ching Day 64: Question Everything?

“Those who understand others are intelligent Those who understand themselves are enlightened. TTC 33 (Lin) Who we are is a question of what we do. Or maybe who we are is a question of what we’ve done. No, perhaps it is a question of what we strive to be, our intentions, and not our actions.Continue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 64: Question Everything?”

Tao Te Ching Day 63: Eternal Anchor

“Have little and recieve Have much and be confused” TTC 22 (Lin) I remember a time in my life when I was first getting sober that I thought getting out of bed to brush my teeth and shower was the most significant accomplishment any human could ever reach. Three years later and my overall hygieneContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 63: Eternal Anchor”

Tao Te Ching Day 62: Teaching With Out Words

We went to the river today. The weather in Georgia has been hot and cold; today has been a cool and pleasant day. It is nice to get out in nature, be amongst the trees, the rocks, and the water. It speaks in a way that no person could. Nature gives instruction with out utteringContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 62: Teaching With Out Words”

Tao Te Ching Day 61: Fucking Names

What limitations I place on Tao are the same limitations I place on my existence. To name anything is to lose the essence of the thing. “The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.” Chap. 1 Right from the start, we are warned not to name this eternal power. We are givenContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 61: Fucking Names”

Tao Te Ching Day 59: Paradoxical Unity

Have you ever had a day where it felt like you were damned if you did, and damned if you didn’t? Shit, I know I have. Today feels like one of those damned days. The interesting thing about these days is that they look on the outside like every other day. It is filled withContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 59: Paradoxical Unity”

Tao Te Ching Day 58: Perfect Now

Each moment strung up, like shoes on a power line, Hanging with innoncent composure Dust filled gusts, sway the line. Now is all we have, In all we need we spare a dime To the Innocent one’s hung up on time Given no thought no passing mind Are we more than shoes tied forever toContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 58: Perfect Now”

Tao Te Ching Day 56: All Things Pass

Favor and disgrace make one fearful The greatest misfortune is the self What does “favor and disgrace make one fearful” mean? Favor is high; disgrace is low Having it makes one fearful Losing it makes one fearful This is “favor and disgrace make one fearful” TTC 13 (Lin) I see the deceit in the manyContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 56: All Things Pass”