The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Five

There is something formlessly created
Born before Heaven and Earth
So serene! So ethereal!
Independent and changeless
Circulating and ceaseless
It can be regarded as the mother of the world

I do not know its name
Identifying it, I call it “Tao”
Forced to describe it, I call it great
Great means passing. Passing means receding
Receding means returning
Therefore, the Tao is great. Heaven is great.

Earth is great. The sovereign is also great
There are four greats in the universe
And the sovereign occupies one of them
Humans follow the laws of Earth
Earth follows the laws of Heaven
Heaven follows the laws of Tao
Tao follows the laws of nature

                                Lao Tzu

This Verse is a gentle reminder that the Tao is eternal. It is the Presence that always was and always will be; formless and infinite. It existed before everything else. The Tao gave birth to the universe and the man made concepts of space and time. It embodies the Buddhist concept of emptiness, in that, our language and attempts to conceptualize fall short (empty) in their ability to grasp the perfect, total wonder that is the Tao.

As a caregiver, you can maintain a full well of compassion if you try to contemplate this reality in your daily meditative practice. Let the fact that we are all connected to this unimaginable, eternal Presence wash over you. Know that there is this god-like Presence within each one of us for we are all part of this Great Oneness. Honor it as you speak, behave and render care.

Be with nature. All you sense is a microcosm of our universe. Allow it to help you grasp the ethereal concept of Flow as you stay anchored to Mother Earth. Connect with its serene balance and enjoy the feeling of belonging to all that it Great.


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