Serenity Sunday

Tao Te Ching  22

If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything, 
give everything up.

The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.

When the ancient Masters said,
"If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,"
they weren't using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao
can you be truly yourself.
                --Lao Tzu
                translation Stephen Mitchell

9 Thoughts

  1. I love the spiritual soundness of this quote, the inherent contradiction that leads to truth, the acceptance of what is that mights what might be possible. My favorite Zen saying is, “I met someone who said, “You must change.” And I didn’t change. I met another who said, “I accept you for who you are.” And I changed. There is amazing peace in acceptance of who we are in all our imperfection and brokenness. Thank you for this lovely message.

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    1. Love the Zen quote — the reality of it is borne out by the presence of my service dog. She is all about acceptance. She accepts me as I am and helps me accept the world as it is; that has helped me change better than any therapy ever has. Therapy helped me understand what kind of change is possible. The dog helps me manifest the changes.

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      1. Absolutely agree! The best therapists are those who provide guidance plus acceptance, those who understand that it is the person themselves who has to be in charge of their lives and their choices. Unfortunately, not all therapists are good ones….and dogs are probably unsurpassed at love and acceptance, at least all of mine have been….great post!

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