Tao Te Ching Day 22: Expectations

“At rest is easy to hold. Not yet impossible is easy to plan. Brittle is easy to break. Fine is easy to scatter. TTC – Chp. 64 (Addiss & Lombardo) We come into this world bound. I would like to say that we come in free, but this is not true. The truth is weContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 22: Expectations”

Tao Te Ching Day 19: War

I realized not long ago that the world is as sick as I find myself to be. Am I at odds with me? A question that should not need asking, as I am me, and I should rightly know the answer. Yet, the human mind is a tricky place, it creates so many worm holes,Continue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 19: War”

Tao Te Ching Day 18: Addiction, Codependency, and Control

The weather has been so beautiful out where I live lately. I love the opportunity to go outside and run around under a big beautiful sun, while the trees and the flowers bloom and blow in the cool April breeze. However, each day at about the 45 minute mark of being outside, my nose startsContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 18: Addiction, Codependency, and Control”

Tao Te Ching Day 17: The Feminine

I can be a difficult person to live with, I can also be a very warm and comforting presence. What decides the way I am unfortunately ends up being outside forces to often. Is the house a mess, I am a mess. Was I unable to sleep, I am restless and irritable. Has the dayContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 17: The Feminine”

Tao Te Ching Day 16: The Teacher is Always Present

I was at a jump park with my kids the other day and one of the attractions there was a ninja warrior course, with a foam drop pit. Written on the very top of this course was the saying, “Bow to your Sensei.” It hit me like a bolt of lighting wrapped around a 2×4Continue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 16: The Teacher is Always Present”

Tao Te Ching Day 15: Duality

Duality is layered heavily within the teaching of the Tao. You want light, you must accept heavy. You want joy, you must accept sadness. You want pizza, you must accept calzones. Alright, I don’t know about that last one, but you get the point. Gravity is the root of lightness, Stillness is the master ofContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 15: Duality”

Tao Te Ching Day 13: Arrogance

Those who are on tiptoes cannot stand. Those who straddle cannot walk. Those who flaunt themselves are not clear.” TTC- chp. 24 (Derek Lin) The opposite of humility is arrogance and the Tao Te Ching does not mince words about living arrogantly. I have lived a life of trying to find a way to onlyContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 13: Arrogance”

Tao Te Ching Day 7: The Cycle

“Attain the ultimate emptiness, hold on to the truest tranquility. The myriad things are all active, I therefore watch their return.” Tao Te Ching – Chp. 16 The world that we live in is a natural world, full of natural beauty and natural processes. From the tree’s blossoms, to the way a smart phone lightsContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 7: The Cycle”

Tao Te Ching Day 6: The Mystery (With Audio)

Audio available on my podcast Upon Awakening: A Beginners Guide https://anchor.fm/matthew-whiteside/episodes/Tao-Te-Ching-Day-6-The-Mystery-ev764k “The named is the mother of myriad things. Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence. Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestation.” Tao Te Ching – Chp. 1 There have been many a mystery in my life. Mystery’s such as, why is theContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 6: The Mystery (With Audio)”

Tao Te Ching Day 5: Just Stop (With Audio)

Audio Available on my Podcast Upon Awakening: A Beginners Guide Click the link to Listen. https://anchor.fm/matthew-whiteside/episodes/Tao-Te-Ching-Day-5-Just-Stop-ev059n “Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” Tao Te Ching – Chp. 15 I swear man I feel likeContinue reading “Tao Te Ching Day 5: Just Stop (With Audio)”