Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Start The Way

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.

Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.

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.
  1. Make your goal effortless action
    avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.
  2. Treasure simplicity
    eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.
  3. Cultivate stillness
    only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.
  4. Be patient
    can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?
  5. 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."
  6. See beauty
    in the mundane and the normal. Apreciate the beauty around you and in yourself.
  7. Be true
    dedicate your life only to that which you find beautiful or fascinating, and thus be true to yourself.
  8. Live in the moment
    feel the hand of time sweeping past second by second.
  9. Be happy
    to conduct one's life according to the Tao, is to conduct one's life without regrets.
  10. 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.

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