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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 35

Music and fine food
Cause passing guests to stop

This timeless little chapter could have been written today instead of 2500 years ago. It is a reminder that what is of true and lasting value is often overlooked in the hubbub of a world seeking ever more loud and glittering distraction. A cultural mantra of “more, more, more” leaves us feeling less and less content.

Always searching for greater sensory stimulation obscures the subtle and natural rhythm and beauty of Tao.

It is without taste
Look – it cannot be seen
Listen – it cannot be heard

It is found not out there, but in here, in the silence of our souls. Recently I looked with a fresh eye at the area around my meditation cushion. It was cluttered with inspiring things to read, prayer beads, wisdom cards, essential oils, and more. By the time I went through all my preparation to meditate, I was already done and ready to move on with my day.

So I put everything away. Just a cushion on the floor. Just sit. Simple.

And amazingly, I found that it was enough.

Use it; it will never be depleted


7 thoughts on “Tao Te Ching – Chapter 35”

  1. I laughed when I saw the image at the top of the posts, but it's not really funny! If people could only know that happiness does not wait for them outside. External happiness may work for awhile, but it's so temporary. I love the way you applied this teaching to yourself, but decluttering your meditation area and practice! It seems there's always more we can learn.

  2. That picture on top (Hong Kong) was sort of what my meditation area looked like–ha! Not really that bad, but had the same feeling. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra.

  3. Oh my friend we do get distracted with clutter and unimportant things. I really liked this one because peace and happiness really does need to from within.
    I loved your ending with finding the simple way of meditation.
    Always enjoy your thoughts; thanks for this one!
    Blessings and hugs!

  4. Thanks, LeAnn. I have to say that my meditation has been very different since I cleared the area around my cushion. I won't say "better" because meditation can't really be evaluated, at least I don't think so. But it has been simpler for sure.

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