The Tao

Meditation Island

I am just reading Wayne Dyer’s latest book “Change your Thoughts – Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao”. It is based on the 81 passages of the Tao te Ching that was authored 2500 years ago by Lao Tzu. The Tao is translated as “the way of Nature”. Tao is simply the way and order of the universe. Lao Tsu taught that the wisest approach was non-action, not in action but rather a harmonisation of  one’s personal will with the natural harmony and justice of Nature. In other words through stillness and receptivity, natural intuition guides us in knowing when to act and when not to act.

I love the book because it is so full of paradoxes as is life and yet it is simple.

Here is the first verse:

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 understanding.

The book is a feast for the soul.

May you find the way of the Tao.


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