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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The Way

Something is happening in my life. I think I'm finding Tao. In particular, the Tao Te Ching. It's a book on Tao, written by Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC. 2,600 years ago.

I first found a conscious recognition of Tao last night, in a book I was looking at over at a friend's house. It had a few quotes that I really liked, which were attributed to Tao. I've since looked up some more Tao this afternoon, and discovered that it's a philosophy, a way of being, that really seems like a good way of being. Learning about Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching has been a development of only the past hour.

I'm going to investigate this Tao business, and see what it means for me. Being a philosophy, I may start to focus on it and follow it, because it really sounds like me.

(A while after writing the above)

I thought I'd put in some quotes from Tao which appealed to me in my most recent wanderings on the internet....

This one made me laugh, considering what I wrote above:
When a superior person hears of the Tao,
She diligently puts it into practice.
When an average person hears of the Tao,
he believes half of it, and doubts the other half.
When a foolish person hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud at the very idea.
If he didn't laugh,
it wouldn't be the Tao
Am I superior? According to Tao I am, but I'm not. I like it.
Without opening your door,
you can know the whole world.
Without looking out your window,
you can understand the way of the Tao.

The more knowledge you seek,
the less you will understand.

The Master understands without leaving,
sees clearly without looking,
accomplishes much without doing anything.

Act by not acting;
do by not doing.
Enjoy the plain and simple.
Find that greatness in the small.
Take care of difficult problems
while they are still easy;
Do easy things before they become too hard.

Difficult problems are best solved while they are easy.
Great projects are best started while they are small.
The Master never takes on more than she can handle,
which means that she leaves nothing undone.

When an affirmation is given too lightly,
keep your eyes open for trouble ahead.
When something seems too easy,
difficulty is hiding in the details.
The master expects great difficulty,
so the task is always easier than planned.
I like Tao. I'm going to delve into it.

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