Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.
The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 12, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
Today, once again, Lao Tzu is encouraging us to not be swayed by outward appearances. The key is balance and moderation. We need to see beyond the colors to the thing itself. Sounds without definition are a cacophony in our ears. And, our taste buds can be numbed by excess of flavors. Too much thinking only weakens our minds. Hunting and chasing after what we desire makes our hearts sick.
Observe the world, yes; but understand that a lot of what we see is all an illusion. Trust your inner vision. That will show you what is the eternal reality. Let things come and go without forming attachments to them. The sky is big and open. Sometimes clouds fill it. But, then they go on their way. Let your heart be open like that.