Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 8 Excerpt Thursday, Jul 31 2008 

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

Absolutely fantastic passage. Lao Tzu makes some direction here on ways to make life simpler. In particular, I find that being fair and generous in conflict is one of the most helpful things I’ve ever done, as well as being completely present in family life. Even if a few of these ultimatums seem to be unreachable for you, at least make the effort to begin; it’s a never-ending path. When you are satisfied with your self, you’ll never have to look for happiness in anything else.


Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 12 Excerpt Tuesday, Jul 29 2008 

Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.

It’s amazing how modern science has portrayed the sense of sight. To Western Civilization, and most scientists, the world can only be accepted when it is seen to be “real.” What we are fast learning is that what we sense is not appearing how we once perceived it to be. On the atomic scale, amounts of what we would call “space” seem to be outstandingly more present than what we would call “stuff.” The amazing thing is, when you take a reductionist approach, that we are primarily just that: “space.” Perhaps this affirms some truth in the statements made by Lao Tzu, which were recorded long before the standardization of the Scientific Method. When you stop being controlled by external judgement and focus on yourself instead, perhaps the world will make even more “sense” than ever before. When we judge ourselves and not others, the world can then fall into place.