Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice

In the beginning was the Tao.
All things issue from it;
all things return to it.

To find the origin,
trace back the manifestations.
When you recognize the children
and find the mother, 
you will be free of sorrow.

If you close your mind in judgments
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren't led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.

Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.

- Lao-Tzu
Translated by Stephen Mitchell

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Elizabeth said...

I love Lao Tzu -- thank you for posting this.

kario said...

Indeed. Return to the source of light.

Thank you for opening the door today.

Love. said...

Love the idea of practicing eternity. It isn't static. We're choosing heaven or not in every moment.

Leslie at SugarAndSpiceADK. said...

Lao rocks!