Consider That Which is Insignificant

May 29, 2021

 

That which is still and at rest is easily kept quiet.

That which has not yet appeared is easily prevented.

What is still feeble and weak is easily broken.

What is still deficient is easily dispersed.

 

Treat things before they exist.

Regulate things before disorder begins.

The strong tree originated from a tiny root.

A tower of nine stories is built up brick by brick.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep.

 

If one tries to improve a thing, one damages it;

if one grasps it, they lose it.

The wise one, therefore, not attempting to form things does not damage them, and not grasping after things, they do not lose them.

The people in their rush for completing a task are ever approaching success but continually failing.

 

One must be as careful in the end as in the beginning if they are to succeed.

 

Therefore the wise one desires to be free from desire,

they do not value the things that are difficult to attain.

 

Such a...

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Emptiness

May 31, 2018

 

I was originally like a Seed from pure emptiness…

delicate and free , traveling across the times…

Tired of being entangled by fame and fortune…

I shall rest myself for a while in dirt and dust... 

~ Li Qing Temple

  


 

Emptiness.... 

Emptiness is a theme of Taoist thought and also practice - it is often said that Emptiness is what gives things their value and usefulness - the value of a cup, lies in it's empty space - but perhaps in our modern world, we focus more on materiality, form, and the gaining of objects with obvious form..  

Yet Emptiness is also a thing, or a state, is it not...?

When Emptiness is contrasted with form, the opposite of Form is the Formless or the Empty State.

what is Emptiness exactly...?

It is nothing....!

What is No Thing...?

In Taoist thought we often refer to the 'Mind' as the "Heart, or sometimes we refer to the Heart/Mind...  The Heart is something that may accommodate both...

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