Tao Te Ching | Paradox | Meditation in Motion

Life is a paradox and impermanence is the name of the game. The tighter we grasp anything in the life, the faster it slips through our fingers, disappears or ensnares us. This goes for the Tao as well. I believe the simpler a complicated thing is, the easier it is to understand and the easier it is to embody, if chosen to do so. In my journeys, I intend to keep it all as simple as I can, relying on little else than my intuition to be the main guiding force. In this, I hope to live in harmony with nature as it was intended, to allow clarity and simplicity to reign in my daily encounters, and to trust my gut instinct when it concerns the direction of my path.

Althouh necessary in its own right, all else has caused me decades of frustration. I once had someone say that my past work was too dark. This is true. What they fail to understand, as most seem to do, there is a bigger picture here; it is impossible to appreciate and embody our light without first embracing our darkness; something not many are willing to endure.

“The path into the light seems dark.”

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Verse 1.

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Tao is both named and nameless. As nameless it is the origin of all things; as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things. Ever desireless one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.

Lao Tzu

Verse 41.

When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn’t laugh,
it wouldn’t be the Tao.

Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest art seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.

Lao Tzu

 

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