stay centered in the tao

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Stay

centered in the Tao

and the world comes to you: 

comes, and isn’t harmed; 

comes, and finds

contentment. 

 

Most

travelers are drawn

to music and good food. 

When Tao is talked about, the words

can seem bland and flavorless. Looked at,

it may not catch the eye. Listened to,

it might not seduce the ear. 

Used, it can never be

exhausted.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 35


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the grounds for hope are in the shadows

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The grounds

for hope are in the shadows,

in the people who are inventing the world

while no one looks, who themselves don’t know yet

whether they will have any effect, in the people you have

not yet heard of who will be the next Cesar Chavez, the next

Noam Chomsky, the next Cindy Sheehan, or become something

you cannot yet imagine. In this epic struggle between light and dark,

it’s the dark side — that of the anonymous, the unseen, the officially

powerless, the visionaries and subversives in the shadows —

that we must hope for. For those onstage, we can just

hope the curtain comes down soon and the

next act is better, that it comes more

directly from the populist

shadows.

 

Rebecca Solnit

 

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Be

the same

all the way through: 

quiet, still, at home. In the

absence of mind, all phenomena 

can be seen for what they 

are: empty. This is 

freedom.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 26

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remember

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Remind

yourself every morning,

every morning, every morning:

“I’m going to do something. I’ve made a

commitment.” Not for yourself,  but

beyond yourself. You belong to

the collective. Don’t go

wandering off or you

will perish.

 

Rosalie Little Thunder