Monday, November 6, 2017
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