The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Six

Heaviness is the root of lightness
Quietness is the master of restlessness

Therefore the sages travel an entire day
Without leaving the heavy supplies
Even though there are luxurious sights
They are composed and transcend beyond

How can the lords of ten thousand chariots
Apply themselves lightly to the world?
To be light is to lose one’s root
To be restless is to lose one’s mastery

                                              Lao Tzu

Choosing to clutter your mind with worries is a decision to torment yourself with futile thinking. With all the social, political and financial world events bombarding us in the news each day, living a serene, worry-free life seems like an elusive and tantalizing dream. Imagine, living without worry. However farfetched the idea sounds; living a serene life is an active choice we can all make.

The secret is not magic it’s Mindfulness. Mindfulness is an approach to life in which you chose to be fully open and present to each moment you are living. It means resisting cluttering your thoughts with dualistic struggles over issues you have little or no control over.

Through Mindfulness, you are able to quite the relentless noise in your head that distracts your attention from seeing human and celestial angels at work and the everyday miracles that are all around us. Remaining present in the moment anchors you to Now and strengthens you against the repetitive, destructive thoughts of what if and if only.

Weaving meditative practice into your daily life offers you the foundation for developing a Mindful temperament. The desire to remain mindful will be reinforced as you begin to experience all that is around you more fully and completely. Sounds have a deeper vibration, colors are more vivid, and your ability to enjoy life experiences without judgment becomes priceless.

All at once you begin to notice how easily you move through your day regardless of events and circumstances. What was once perceived as obstacles and challenges are now viewed as isolated moments in your day that, once managed, have no place to settle in your mind, take root and fester. It is not that Stuff no longer happens, it’s just that you no longer give the outer world the power to disrupt your peace of mind and spirit.

One thought on “The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Six

  1. Phyllis this 26 th verse interpretation is absolutely beautiful and has made my day and perhaps the rest of my life. I have been very
    Sad and melancholy this week, couldn’t really
    put a finger on it. I feel stuck and very slow and
    contemplative. You words brought me back and
    perhaps the simple, peaceful mindfulness is all I really want and truly need to move forward. Thank you for the brilliant reminder! Blessings,Lisa Ty

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