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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Wisdom of the Tao

Okay, I decided it was time to get off my knees and write a little something new on this site. I don't know that I get a lot of visitors here but those of you who have been checking may have gotten a little concerned...it's been a while! Below is a little wisdom from Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, Living the Wisdom of the Tao, there is some good stuff in this one.


26th Verse of the Tao

The heavy is the root of the light.
The still is the master of unrest.
Realizing this,the successful person is
poised and centered
in the midst of all activities;
although surrounded by opulence,
he is not swayed.

Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
To be restless is to lose one's self-mastery.

"In the midst of any kind of unrest-be it an argument, a traffic jam, a monetary crisis, or anything at all-make the immediate decision that you will find the calm center of yourself. By not thinking of what is taking place, and instead taking a few deep breaths in which you opt to empty your mind of judgments, it becomes impossible to mentally "flit about like a fool." You have the innate ability to choose calmness in the face of situations that drive others to madness. Your willingness to do so, especially when chaos and anger have been your previous choices, puts you in touch with "the master of unrest." There was a time when I thought this was impossible. Now I know that even in the most troublesome of times, my reaction is to choose stillness...the way of the Tao." Dr. Wayne Dyer

Okay, so I haven't opened this book (Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life) for months and months. This morning as I was sitting in bed breathing and attempting to get centered before beginning my day, I noticed it on my book shelf, it was sticking out further than the others. I consciously flipped the book open to a certain spot in the middle and this is what I found. How appropriate. Yes, choosing calmness and stillness in the midst of chaos, this is our message and our challenge for the day, for everyday...we can do this!

1 comment :

  1. (Big breath in and out) Yes...choosing calmness and stillness in the midst of chaos. That sounds like something I must do. The tough part for me is knowing that the chaos will be with me for a long time, it will become a companion on my road. The fear of the unknown, the endless possibilities, the dozens of directions, the dizzying array of options---all of this needs calmness and stillness to come to a choice.

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