Tao is not about doing your best, but making the best of who you are
Tao is about being absolutely honest with yourself.
Without the honesty, you are putting your ego, own knowledge and desire in between of who you think you are and the actual you.
You become what you think you are, rather than what you naturally are.
Tao is not about doing your best, it is about making the best of who you are. It is not only about being yourself, but living your true self. Deception blocks your true aspirations, preventing you from bringing out the best in you.
Being honest with yourself does not mean that you can condone your weaknesses and flaws. Rather, it gets you to face them squarely and stop them from becoming your obstacles.
Like Lao Tzu said, “Those who know others are intelligent; those who know themselves are truly wise. Those who master others are strong; those who master themselves have true power.”
To be absolutely honest with yourself, allow a few minutes of silence to empty your mind everyday.
In the moments of silence, think of nothing. Cast away your knowledge, desire, prejudice, worries and fears. When this happens, you create a space for your mind to have direct dialogue with your inner self.
Frequent dialogues with our inner self bring you honesty with yourself. The honesty brings you closer to Tao.
Thanks to Allessandro Capurso for the picture.