The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy

My words are easy to understand, easy to practice
The world cannot understand, cannot practice
My words have basis
My actions have principle
People do not understand this
Therefore they do not understand me
Those who understand me are few
Thus I am highly valued
Therefore the sage wears plain clothes but holds jade

                                                                                       Lao Tzu

The guidance shared by Lao Tzu in this seventieth verse of the Tao Te Ching is to try not to over complicate things. When you find yourself adding needless layers to an event, situation or relationship, stop. Reassess. Acknowledge the attachments and motives that are driving your actions. Slow down and Simplify.

Simplifying your life is another way to rid yourself of energy draining Clutter. Keep in mind that Clutter is our subconscious mind trying to distract us from issues we have yet to find the strength to address.

If you find yourself insisting that your present course is only way and that scaling back would be likened to a defeat or setback; then you have uncovered a personal issue ripe for facing. It is a signal that it is time to lay down some of the baggage you have been carrying, bless it for how it has served you up to this point, then turn and walk away. This is a gift hidden in a sorrow that will start you toward contentment. Simplify.


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