Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.
Happy New Year!
Hello 2010! January 1 is essentially just another day. It is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow’s yesterday. However, we choose to look at it as a new beginning and not just a continuation of the preceding days. We wipe our slates clean – start over with a blank canvas – resolve to improve various areas of our lives. So on this first day of a new year, I’m dipping my brush in some fresh paint to begin filling my blank canvas.
Some of you may know that, as a person who analyzes everything, I tend to lean towards agnosticism. It’s hard for me to accept as fact by faith alone that God exists and, perhaps more so, that Jesus was God in human form, who died so that what the Bible defines as “sin” would be forgiven in all who believed in him. I understand this is a tremendous comfort to a great number of people, and I see them clinging to this belief as a symbol of hope and also for their “salvation“.
I know I’ve said enough already to be reprimanded and chastised by some, and I fully expected that when I dared to share. Know that I respect your conviction, and I’m now in a place to receive criticism and rebuking while not allowing it to tear me down.
I’m not without an appreciation of morals and virtue, though. This is why I have an interest in Taoism and am studying the Tao Te Ching. This is not a religion; it is philosophy … a way of living that is pure and good and humble. This is all I can say at this point since my study is still in its infancy. What I know so far just makes sense, and that appeals to my intellect.
As I move through 2010, I would like to “do the Tao” … put what I learn along the way into practice.