Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu 2/81

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This is the second out of eighty-one teachings of the Tao. I have been traveling a lot, leaving the USA indefinitely on a journey of inner growth. Not searching, only appreciating everything life has to offer. Gaining wisdom from all walks of life and  sharing them here. I have become a student of the Tao on my journeys and decided to write and reflect what it means to me.

A little bit about myself before I get into the writings. Just like you, I am also a human being. Trying to live my life the best way I know how. I’m not an expert on this matter and would love your input and insights. This is also making no claims that this is the one path and all the others are not. If you follow one of the main religions and it helps you live a more fulfilling life. Then that is great and I hope you stay to your path. I have no intent in trying to take anyone off their path. I only share in hopes it can help others.

Without further ado, I give you the second passage of what the Tao says followed my interpretation of it. I would suggest reading only the script first and deciding what it means to you before reading what I think it means to me.

2: ” When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and not being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. Therefore the master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come. Things disappear and she lets them go. She has, but doesn’t posses. Acts but doesn’t expect. When her work is done she forgets it. Thats why it last forever.” 

No matter what happens in life. We see things change constantly. Not only in the outside world, but more importantly within ourselves. As change happens, the opposite then happens in order to maintain a balance. Both need each other in order to exist. We focus so much on only good, pleasure, and rewards. We try to escape evil, pain, and punishment. However, you can’t really escape it because the other simply cant exist unless the negative is there. Allowing things to happen and not suffering from it is true inner peace.

Things come and go. Relationships, material objects, ideas and beliefs. Nothing is used to define us. So we accept them when they come and we let them go when they need to go. This is what it means to have, but to never posses. Knowing that life all around us is not in our control and to always embrace the unknowing. When the work is done, then we let go of the work and move on to the next thing. Going back on something completed ruin it.  Once it’s done, it will last the the test of time in one form or another. 

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