DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 31, 2019

The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn’t think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 50, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 30, 2019

The Master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.

She is good to people who are good.
She is also good to people who aren’t good.
This is true goodness.

She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren’t trustworthy.
This is true trust.

The Master’s mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 49, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 29, 2019

In the pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 48, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 27, 2019

When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.

There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 46, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 26, 2019

True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.
True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.

True straightness seems crooked.
True wisdom seems foolish.
True art seems artless.

The Master allows things to happen.
She shapes events as they come.
She steps out of the way
and lets the Tao speak for itself.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 45, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 25, 2019

Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success or failure: which is more destructive?

If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 44, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 23, 2019

The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.

All things have their backs to the female
and stand facing the male.
When male and female combine,
all things achieve harmony.

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 42, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JULY 22, 2019

When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn’t laugh,
it wouldn’t be the Tao.

Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest art seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.

-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 41, interpretation by Stephen Mitchell)