direct the mind toward emptiness

the taming power of the small

 

The best effort

one can make is the

gentlest effort: wei wu wei.

Quietly, persistently direct the

mind toward emptiness. When

all thoughts and ideas have

dissipated, then make no

further effort. Just

breathe.

 

This is the only

practice required of a

human, the best one, the one

that perfectly purifies

our lives.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 9

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difficulty at the beginning

quiet, luminous, still

 

If we persevere a great success is at hand.

 
The literal translation of “chun” is “a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth.” Receiving this hexagram is a sign that beyond the difficulties and pressures that surround you, a success lies waiting. In order to bring it fully into the light, you must be patient and persevere in nonaction.
 
No matter how fervently one desires to resolve a situation, to intervene impatiently now will only hinder the progress of good fortune. Accept and bear with the discomfort of chaos without attempting to push it away. Allowing it to clear of its own accord, in its own time, is the only way of insuring a subsequent blossoming of success.
 
Hold to proper principles. In your actions, seek and respect the counsel of the Sage. Allow those whose hearts are true to assist you wherever possible; be tolerant of all others. In this way the blessing that now lies hidden will come into the open.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 3, Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning

 

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every breath you take

takeuchi seiho

 

Every breath, 

each movement, all activity 

is completely, inseparably interwoven 

with enlightenment. Complete realization 

is bound into every petty difficulty, and

wholly liberated and illuminated

through quiet awareness 

of that fact. 

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 21

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empty of all desire

ivan fedorovich choultse

 

In detachment there

is freedom and contentment. 

One who empties himself of all

desire now finds himself

awash with joy.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 58, Tui / The Joyous (Lake)

 

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tao leaves nothing undone

christopher furlong

 

Tao doesn’t

do anything, yet

it leaves nothing

undone.

 

If you

abide by it,

everything in existence

will transform itself. When, in the

process of self-transformation, desires

are aroused, calm them with 

nameless simplicity.

 

When

desires are dissolved

in the primal presence, peace

and harmony naturally occur,

and the world orders

itself.

 

Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu

Chapter 37

 

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