When Everything Falls Into Place

Express yourself completely.
Then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
When it blows, there is only wind.
When it rains, there is only rain.
When the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao,
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.

Open yourself to the Tao.
Then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.

-Lao Tzu-
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 23, translation by Stephen Mitchell)

When Everything Falls Into Place

Yesterday, Lao Tzu challenged us to let ourselves be lived by the Tao. It is the only way we can truly be ourselves. Today, he encourages us to not hold anything back. And, he uses the forces of nature as a metaphor to show us how.

Express yourself completely. Only, then, is it time to keep quiet. Like the wind, when it blows; there is only wind. Or, like the rain, when it falls; there is only rain. Don’t be afraid to give yourself up completely. Once the clouds pass, the sun will shine through.

This is how you open yourself up to the Tao. And, being at one with the Tao; you can embody it completely. This is how you open yourself up to insight. And, being at one with insight, you can use it completely. This is how you open yourself up to loss; and being at one with loss, you can accept it completely.

Open yourself up completely to the Tao; then, trust your natural responses. Everything will fall into place.

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