The Tao is empty When utilized, it is not filled up So deep! It seems to be the source of all things TTC 4 (Lin) There is room for everything. Once decide to live in eternity , space becomes more available, and time becomes our tool.
“After settling a great dispute There must be remaining resentments How can this be considered good? Therefore, the sage holds the left part of the contract But does not demand payment from the other person Those who have virtue hold the contract Those without virtue hold the collections The Heavenly Tao has no favorites ItContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 86: An End to An End”
Growing through time, peace Moving fast, speeding by, death. Sunrise, sunset, Tao. Those who are on tiptoes cannot stand Those who straddle cannot walk Those who flaunt themselves are not clear Those who presume themselves are not distinguished Those who praise themselves have no merit Those who boast about themselves do not last Those withContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 73: Haiku”
“I have three treasures I hold on to them and protect them The first is called compassion The second is called conservation The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world. (Humility) TTC 67 (Lin) So, you want to be a Taoist Sage, well here it is for you folks, the secretContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 71: “The Room” How To Become A Taoist Sage”
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”
The reality is this; bills are not going to pay themselves. Kids need food; some, like me, needed more than others, haha. It is scary as hell to go after your dream. It is also scary to trust that what you need is already available to you right now and that WBT is just distracting us from the fact that the cage has been left wide open. There is a Universe so big beautiful, and abundant right outside if only we could take our little gerbil lips of that WBT.
There is an inflammation of the self that begins upon any great endeavor. Not an inflation of the ego but an inflamed sense of being, an agitation to the pressure of the process as it unfolds, can be seen as growing pains. It’s like any process that requires growth. We must undertake the responsibility ofContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 52: Inflammation”
I have fallen down more times than I can remember. From the physical act of falling or getting knocked on my ass to the emotional act of getting knocked on my ass it happens to all of us. We are a people of perpetual fall downedness. We are a people that were built with someContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 38: The Spirit of Life”
If I have a little knowledge Walking on the great Tao I fear only to deviate from it The great Tao is broad and plain But people like the side paths TTC 53 (Lin) Yesterday was a day. It was a good day, a long day, an exhausting day, a frustrating day and a wonderfulContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 37: The Broad Path”
“In governing people and serving Heaven There is nothing like conservation Only with conservation is it called submitting early Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues.” TTC 59 (Lin) In this translation of the Tao Te Ching the author Derek Lin notes that “Conservation is the principle of valuing your time, energy, mind, andContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 27: Going With The Flow”