Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wen Tzu - Verse 94, Part II

from Verse Ninety-Four
No one uses flowing water for a mirror, still water is used for a mirror. By keeping thus inwardly, you become still and are not scattered outwardly.
~ Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries ~
It is pointless for you or I to stand at the base of a waterfall and order it to stop flowing -- because that's not the way things work! It will flow or not flow based on its own nature and the rhythms of the universe.

No, the only thing we can hope to control is our own mind and that can be a tall order! This is why meditation is an important part of Taoist philosophy. It is only when we are able to still our own fast flowing waters that we can experience clarity.

This post is part of a series. For an introduction, go here.

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