The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Eight

Know the masculine, hold to the feminine
Be the watercourse of the world
Being the watercourse of the world
The eternal virtue does not depart
Return to the state of the infant
Know the white, hold to the black
Be the standard of the world
Being the standard of the world
The eternal virtue does not deviate
Return to the state of the boundless
Know the honor, hold to the humility
Be the valley of the world
Being the valley of the world
The eternal virtue shall be sufficient
Return to the state of plain wood
Plain wood splits, then becomes tools
The sages utilize them
And then become leaders
Thus the greater whole is undivided

                                                                    Lao Tzu

At the core of Compassion Fatigue is the feeling of being spent, being blind to any options and absolutely overwhelmed by a sense of isolation. If those who are trying to recover from this syndrome have the courage to be totally honest with themselves; they can also connect with a subtle sense of nobility that hovers over this painful feeling. There, right there is where the work needs to be done; for there is nothing righteous in feeling alone or victimized. In verse twenty-eight, Lao Tzu once again reminds us that we are all a part of this profound Great Oneness. The only dues charged to belong fully to this community of souls, is to live a balanced life with virtue.

To create a virtuous life you must use the building blocks of essential goodness and loving kindness. You begin by being aware of and recognize the essential goodness in all living things. Seeing the essential goodness in everyone connects you to the community of souls at a cellular level.  The fact that you are all part of this Great Creation slowly becomes tangible and undeniable. Then, you offer loving kindness/compassion to yourself; for it is then and only then that you can extend loving kindness/compassion to another. Nowhere is self-sacrifice recommended as a means to an end.

Living a balance life means following the Middle Way. In Feng Shui we refer to this as honoring the Yin Yang Principles which are the most important aspect of any Feng Shui practice. Yin and Yang are opposite but they represent the two sides of the same coin. In essence Feng Shui practitioners work to design an environment that reflects the feminine and masculine aspects (energetic not gender) of nature and in doing so, create a harmonious space. No feature of the room dominates the other. This then supports you as you try to stay in harmony with the Middle Way; and becomes the foundation for your ability to form relationships and stay connected.

When we live in this manner, our actions and words come from a place that is full. We acknowledge our connecting to the Flow of all things. There are no victims. There is no need to assign blame or conjure up any resentment. You are able to carve your life without splitting the wood.







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