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The ten thousand things rise and fall

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Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall
while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish
and then return to the Source.
Returning to the Source is stillness,
which is the way of Nature.

~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 16

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Returning to the source

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Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall
while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish
and then return to the Source.
Returning to the Source is stillness,
which is the way of Nature.
~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 16

A tree that is unbending is easily broken

 “A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.

Therefore the stiff and unbending
is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding
is the disciple of life.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.”
~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching

The way to do

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The sage has no mind of his own

The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.
He is good to people who are good.
He is also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness. Has faith in people who are faithful.
And also in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.The sage is shy and humble –
to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.

~ Lao Tzu ~
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 49


Returning to the source

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“Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the Universe
returns to the common Source.
Returning to the Source is serenity.”

~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

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Tao (道) – The Way of Nature

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 ~ Tao (道) – The Way of Nature ~

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts,
you return to the Source of Being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Tao or Dao: 道 is a Chinese word meaning ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’… In Japanese pronounced “Do” – the symbol associated with traditional arts like judo, kendo, kyudo, chado (the way of tea)…

“Tao signifies the primordial essence or fundamental true nature of the Universe (and ourselves). Tao is not a ‘name’ for a ‘thing’ but the underlying natural order… It is thus “eternally nameless” and to be distinguished from the countless ‘named’ things (visible forms and structures) which are considered to be its manifestations.”

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