tao values everyone


 

Tao is the hidden

secret source of all life.

Good men recognize that Tao provides

for them and therefore they esteem it.

Bad men don’t recognize this,

but the Tao doesn’t stop

providing for

them.

 

Beautiful words

win some men honors;

good deeds buy others acclaim.

But the Tao values everyone,

not just those who excel.

What’s the sense

in discarding

anyone?

 

Thus, on the day

a new king is crowned

or powerful ministers installed,

while others rush forward with gifts

and praises, just be still

and offer Tao.

 

Why

have sages

prized Tao for so long?

Because with Tao, he who

seeks finds, and he who has

flaws is forgiven. This is

why it is the treasure

of the world.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 62


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marry your spirit and body to the oneness


 

Can you

marry your spirit and

body to the oneness and

never depart

from it?

 

Can you

ride your breath until

your entire being is as supple

as the body of an

infant?

 

Can you cleanse

your inner vision until you

see heaven in every

direction?

 

Can you love

people and govern them

without conniving and

manipulating?

 

Can you bear

heaven’s children in all

that you do and

are?

 

Can you give

the wisdom of your heart

precedence over the

learning of your

head?

 

Giving birth,

nourishing life,

shaping things without

possessing them, serving without

expectation of reward, leading without

dominating: these are the profound

virtues of nature, and of nature’s

best beings.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 10


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wander as a stranger in a strange land

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We are all

wanderers in the Unknown. 

Those who travel beside the Sage 

are protected from

harm.

 

A person who travels as a stranger in a strange land is wise to display an attitude free of arrogance and belligerence. Otherwise he is liable to meet with trouble and find himself unable to survive it. With this hexagram the I Ching reminds us that we are all strangers in a strange land, wanderers in a vast and unknowable universe, obliged to act accordingly.

Think of how you would proceed if traveling alone in an unfamiliar country. You would be cautious and reserved, taking great care not to fall in with the wrong people or enter into dangerous places. You would be tolerant of others and generous toward them if a dispute arose, and you would be inclined to settle disagreements quickly to keep them from getting out of hand. You would rely on your attentiveness, your modest attitude, and your gentle manner to keep you out of harm’s way. The hexagram Lu comes to remind you that it is wise to travel through your entire life in this fashion.

Seek now to stay in quiet harmony with the Higher Power and to embody caution, modesty, and generosity in your actions. Do not drag out disagreements with others; conflict is a poison that grows more dangerous every minute you are in it. Do not depart from the path of humility and correct conduct; in doing so, you lose the protection of the Deity and risk misfortune. By continually seeking to serve the innocent and the good, you stay in step with the Sage and never wander alone in the world.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 56, Lü / The Wanderer

 

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a mother and two young orcas appeared and hovered for minutes.

 

Forget

about understanding and 

harmonizing and making all things one. 

The universe is already a harmonious 

oneness; just realize

that. 

 

If you 

scramble about in

search of inner peace, 

you will lose your 

inner peace.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 56

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