The Simple Tao
The Way is to benefit others and not to injure.
The Way is to act but not compete.
It does not show greatness and is therefore truly great.
"The Way", "The Path". It is often represented by water because water always seeks the path of least resistance, yet is strong enough to demolish even stone when no other recourse is available. Everything below flows from this.
Here are 10 guides to the Way. To live them is to follow the Simple Tao, where it is up to us to tell the story, each in our own small way.
- Make your goal effortless action
avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.
- Treasure simplicity
eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.
- Cultivate stillness
only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.
- Be patient
can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?
- Be gentle
love peace and restraint and avoid all unnecessary violence. "do not regard weapons as lovely things. for to think them lovely means to delight in them, and to delight in them means to delight in the slaughter of men."
- See beauty
in the mundane and the normal. Apreciate the beauty around you and in yourself.
- Be true
dedicate your life only to that which you find beautiful or fascinating, and thus be true to yourself.
- Live in the moment
feel the hand of time sweeping past second by second.
- Be happy
to conduct one's life according to the Tao, is to conduct one's life without regrets.
- Be compassionate and honor life
only those who are compassionate and treasure life in all its forms can show true bravery and acquire true wisdom.