The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Eight

Pursue knowledge, daily gain
Pursue Tao, daily loss

Loss and more loss
Until one reaches unattached action
With unattached action, there is nothing one cannot do

Take the world by constantly applying non-interference
The one who interferes is not qualified to take the world

                                                                        Lao Tzu

When you have been searching for something to offer an explanation to countless questions or a solution to challenges that loom large in your life and finally sense that you’ve found it; your very human tendency is to hold on tight and never let go. You want to wrap yourself up in the comfort and safety that it offers. You never want to stray too far for fear that you will lose its warmth and the sense that you are anchored to something secure.

Lao Tzu understood this possibility and cautions us in verse forty-eight to resist letting go of our old attachments only to develop new ones. These prose warn against becoming a professional student, getting lost in the promise that learning about spiritual practice and energetic healing offers and never actually incorporating the content into a new way of living your life.

I am a huge advocate for life-long learning. I believe that it is the only true anti-aging treatment that works. The goal of embracing the practice of the ongoing intellectual development of your mind is to stay current and engaged in your world. However, the desired outcome for developing your Spirit is to open your heart, deepen your ability to be compassionate and step into your citizenship with the Great Oneness.

Your spiritual studies are reduced to busy work if never practiced. Taking one more class or spending one more weekend exploring yet another aspect of mindfulness may deepen your knowledge base but it will only serve to keep you in your head. You must find the courage and discipline to practice daily. It is only through daily practice that you can turn on the light in your heart and discover what you really seek…Wisdom.

 

 

 

 

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