Reach toward the utmost emptiness,
keep hold of stillness
Together – the ten thousand things take form.
We recognize that all things return –
now the flowers may be in bloom,
but each will return to the soil from which it sprang.
This returning to the source, in search of stillness,
is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
To learn to understand this will provide great insight,
but not knowing this leads to error, resulting in misfortune.
Knowing about the way of nature provides the right perspective,
and the right perspective leads to being just.
Being just leads one to noble behavior,
noble behavior leads one towards nature,
and nature is the gateway to the Tao.
Being in accord with the Tao leads to the eternal,
freedom from peril,
until the time comes to return.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 16, interpretation by Robert Brookes)