Tao Te Ching chapter 16
January 22, 2012 4 Comments
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.
(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
thanks to http://www.wussu.com/laotzu/index.htm
The consciousness of the happenings of one’s body is his mind. When he or she is aware of the particulars of his body: thoughts, cognition, feelings, perceptions, reactions – He calls this awareness his mind.
In Taoism and Zen, meditating is a holistic practice of consciously Letting Things Flow.
(“a thousand”) Things come and go in the moment. If one is being mindful of things coming and going in the moment, without attempting to capture or control, suppress or force… Then his mind is resting at peace.
I have read many times the words “Let things go” during meditation. Its difficult to find the perfect description in contemporary English. What is really being let go of .. is the clinging and coercing that we usually do of things that come to mind. What I really do is “Let things Flow“.
Things are Happenings.
They rise and fall like a figure from a ground of some moving painting or work- of- art. No figure is ever truly separated from the ground. The ground is Nature happening or the” Tao”. Things rise and fall, they exist in consciousness as a singularity of two (like figure & ground; word & context; matter & space) but the Tao is constant. The Tao flows, but is always here.