At this time of year and in any challenging time it can be a tonic to our harried selves to take some time to be still and reset ourselves.
For over 2500 years the Tao Te Ching and the Wisdom of Lao Tzu has been a great source of wisdom and inspiration for so many to seek something greater through time spent in contemplation.
Here I share his words on the deeper rewards of taking time to find the stillness within:
Do one’s best to achieve emptiness.
Hold firmly to stillness.
All things on earth follow the same cycle.
I observe their return.
All the teeming creatures return to their roots.
Returning to the root is called stillness.
Stillness means to return to life.
A return to life means constancy
Understanding constancy means enlightenment
Not knowing constancy leads to evil deeds.
Knowing constancy is knowing tolerance.
Tolerance is impartiality.
Impartiality is the skillful exercise of kingship.
Kingship is Heaven.
Heaven is Tao.
Tao is eternity.
Until the end of one’s own life, one will meet no danger..(1)
Tao te Ching, Aphorism 16 by Lao Tzu
Translated by Chao-Hsu Chen